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   Re: [xml-dev] Remembering the original XML vision

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From: "David Megginson" <david@megginson.com>

> The real problem is that neither SGML nor XML is particularly easy for
> authors to use and understand.  In the data world, we can remove much
> of the unfamiliarity by using input forms, but in the document world,
> authors have to learn the whole new world-view of generic markup even
> if they do have nice, GUI-based, WYSIWYMG editors to hide the pointy
> brackets.

I think the killer is the idea that you should do text entry (authoring) and 
markup all at the same time (rather than, say, text entry with just enough 
markup to help your writing flow rather than distract you).  That just 
overloads people.  Adam Smith had it right. 

Rick Jelliffe


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