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Re: [xml-dev] RE: Percentage of XML documents exclusivelyprocessed by machines?

Precisely.  I see this sort of thing a lot in logistics technical publishing.

Just FYI:

1.  Notepad ++ is a better alternative.  It color codes by syntax (XML  
is built in) and that is great for quick edits and even very long  
sessions.  I use it for most of my work.

2. If you can, a harness that wraps say, system.xml, and gives you  
access to the validator and xsl engines, plus some utilities for  
things such as selecting the file, setting different doctypes,  
converting from Word, etc.  is a handy thing to have and a good VB  
programming exercise.   Sure, there are good tools out there but if  
you need to, that is a perfectly workable solution and a good tool to  
have when you are working on the desktop.



Quoting Lech Rzedzicki <xchaotic@gmail.com>:

> If that percentage is to be used as a metric for optimising future
> approaches to data exchanges then it obviously needs to include other
> metrics and prioritise them.
> In my view computers and XML are here to make life easier for humans
> and that should take precedence in most cases.
> Given an area that I am intimately familiar with that is producing
> EPUB from XML, some of the raw XML may never be looked at in it's raw
> form, but it is tremendously helpful to have it in human-readable form
> when things go wrong. It may be that 1 in a 100 (obviously you never
> know which one) titles has something wrong in them, perhaps a single,
> badly formatted unicode character and one go armed with nothing but a
> notepad.exe and fix the title to go on sale just before Christmas. In
> my domain that's usually worth more than processing efficiencies.
> Also, like others have said, it is impossible to tell what does it
> mean that the XML is read by humans, in a somewhat literal
> understanding, slightly stylised OOXML is being read by millions of
> casual MS Office users every single day.
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