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

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On Tuesday 18 February 2003 09:30 am, David Megginson wrote:
> 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.

This is part of it, but conversion tools from Word/Frame/etc. have existed for 
a fairly long time... as have forms-based authoring solutions.

Personally, in terms of electronic publishing of structured documents, I think 
we've taken a pretty significant couple of steps backward. I'm biased though.


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