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Re: [xml-dev] A proposal for simplify XML text editing and subsequent processing

Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org> wrote:

> On Sun, 2011-08-21 at 00:28 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>> Liam R E Quin scripsit:
>> > So like XXE, OXygen, XMetaL, Serna, etc etc already do? Or am I missing
>> > something?
>> Oxygen, at least, indents by inserting spaces.  I bet the others do too.
>> The idea here was to ident by relative positioning of the text, so
>> that no whitespace is actually inserted into it.

Yes, NO padding characters (tabs or spaces) are used for indentation,
unlike existing tools, that's the whole point of the proposal, I'm
sorry if that didn't come across clearly.

> Last time I checked there was an option for a document sort of view. I
> know xmetal always had that, and so did/does xxe (via CSS).

The proposal has no bearing on WYSIWYG XML authoring tools using CSS,
it's addressing XML text editing only. One key motivation behind this
proposal is to improve the XSLT editing experience that XML text
editors currently provide where WYSYWIG isn't an option. There are
also many other cases, I believe, where people prefer to 'hand-craft'
the XML at the text level, this proposal is for those cases.

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