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

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Perhaps your last sentence pretty well sums up the notion of an XML 
editor as a beast unto itself. However, if I am the guy writing Word, 
Illustrator, or just plain 'ol MarkWare, I still have to deal with 
loading all of that XML into the appropriate data structures. Although 
in this case there is  nothing requiring me to use a DOM like structure 
I will face most of the same issues in designing the appropriate 
structures for my application.

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> 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.


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