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

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No they are not, Elliotte.  They just don't need to be 
turned on without recourse.   When working with large 
document types that have complex content editing 
requirements, cascading menus that change state at 
points in the tree are very helpful.  I've done 
quite a bit of that kind of work for IETM production 
shops, and those kinds of features were critical 
in the crunches.

Too far over the top.


From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu]

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 


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