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

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Apologies if I keep pruning the CC list but I doubt 
people need as many repeated messages. 

I like editors that let me decide which features I 
want to use at a given time.   Color contexts are 
fine.  I normally don't need them but it's been 
a while since I had to use the kinds of complex 
DTDs we used for IETM work.  Auto-complete is 
one I would turn off pretty quickly.  I make 
more mistakes with that than I do otherwise. 
Context-hints, such as code editors that tell 
me which methods are available when typing in a 
class.method(s) call are useful.  

I see a lot of Foxpro.  Fox is good at that and 
enabling local user customization.  Then it 
will autocomplete something like SET STEP ON
without one noticing it and one types in 
SET STEP ON ON.  Of course it complains at 
interpret or compile time, but it's annoying.

The most amazing thing to me in this thread is how 
many editors there actually are.  If ever there was 
a sea change from SGML to XML, that's the one.


From: Rick Marshall [mailto:rjm@zenucom.com]

personally i like the context highlighting editors that don't do
anything except highlight context. so eg a tag is in a color and you
know you haven't entered the closing > because the whole page is in a
ghastly cyan. or red if you haven't terminated a string, etc.

not a bad compromise for experts. saves time without interfering :)


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