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

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At 1:22 PM -0500 4/8/04, Bob Foster wrote:
>Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>>  ...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,
>And maybe a little validation and a little formatting? ;-}

I suppose I could use a preview or validate button. I specifically do 
not want constant validation. That is, I want the editor to not 
validate the document I am writing. I do not want it to complain or 
even notice if I'm producing invalid markup. I should also not that 
when it comes to code completion, I do not want anything based on 
some notion of which tags are and are not valid at a particular 
point. Editors that try this stuff are actively crippling. Even if 
they were wicked fast (which they aren't), this feature would still 
get in my way and stop me from doing what I need to do. Features like 
this are harmful by their very nature, irrespective of performance 

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


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