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   Re: [xml-dev] XML-appropriate editing data structures

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At 8:27 AM -0400 4/8/04, Mark Schmeets wrote:

>Well yes, maybe. I think it depends a lot on what *kind* of XML you 
>are working with. Certainly when there is a lot more text than 
>structure you want something closer to a text editor. When there is 
>a lot more structure than text you want something closer to a form 
>based editor. The fact that there is this range of application makes 
>producing a good *general purpose* XML editor very difficult.

Yes, but I don't think most XML-specific tools go far enough. I'm a 
man of extremes. I either want to edit my XML by hand in a text 
editor (with maybe a little help from syntax coloring and tag 
completion, though I won't miss it if it isn't there; and I certainly 
wouldn't accept poor performance in order to have these features.) or 
I want an application specific editor such as Word or Adobe 
Illustrator that completely shields me from the native XML. I 
encounter little need for anything in between these two positions.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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