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

Hi Phil,

While virtual formatting is not relevant to me, I think getting 250 
downloads suggests (a) people understand and relate to the problem you are 
trying to solve and (b) they consider it a real problem rather than a minor 

One reason why you might not have got much feedback is that you said what it 
did and it "just worked" - nothing to say!

Being devil's advocate, I'm guessing that people might think this is one 
small part of what an XML IDE does and think "that's useful.  I'll wait 
until it turns up in Oxygen or Stylus."

I do know that it takes people a long time to change their habits.  Even if 
there is a better tool out there, people soldier on with the tool they know, 
because, at least in the short term, they are more productive with that. 
Joel Spolsky wrote an article saying good software takes 10 years to write 
(http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000017.html).  While the 
software may not take 10 years to write, it probably takes 10 years to build 
up the brand to the point where people just use your product without 

HTH, and good luck with it.

Pete Cordell
Codalogic Ltd
Interface XML to C++ the easy way using C++ XML
data binding to convert XSD schemas to C++ classes.
Visit http://codalogic.com/lmx/ or http://www.xml2cpp.com
for more info
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Philip Fearon" <pgfearo@googlemail.com>
To: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 9:40 AM
Subject: [xml-dev] Re: A proposal for simplify XML text editing and 
subsequent processing

> As a short postscript: On 7th Sept, I shipped an XML editor, XMLQuire,
> with the aim of getting feedback on the concept of Virtual Formatting.
> Even with 250+ day 1 downloads, there has been minimal feedback with
> respect to Virtual Formatting. There was at least some limited
> interest in porting this Windows-only 'proof of concept' to other
> platforms, not enough sadly to justify attempting to harness the
> resources that would be required.
> Phil
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