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Re: [xml-dev] Should one adopt the tag naming convention of anexisting XML vocabulary or create one's own tag naming convention?

On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM, <cbullard@hiwaay.net> wrote:
Reality check, Uche: a not insignificant number of people giving us documents are using Microsoft Word.  Like it or not, that's where the information is; so, solving problems of that conversion is the first task on the stack, not the last one.  It isn't a hard one but it comes with surprises. The best tool does the job I need it do and doesn't get in the way.

That's your reality. Enjoy it. It's still entirely beside the point.

I'd say that the number of people authoring XMLish stuff through Web forms (e.g. WordPress) has grown past those doing so in your grey industrial bureaus. So if you insist on an argument from high authority, I'll just puff up my chest and thump my own H.A. as well. I suspect that won't get us very far.

There is a full copy of Arbortext Editor on my desktop here at work.  I open the document in it from time to get error reports and to create PDF.  Like so many editors, it leaks memory and crashes the desktop, takes a very long time to render and has a very awkward means of entering attribute values.  The treeview is almost useless.

The attempt to be both an XML/SGML editor and a WYSIWYG editor is on my list of overbuilt.  It is a lot faster to build a form that sequences documents in response to queries, checks syntax and validates and on request, renders to a reasonable facsimile in an embedded browser in a separate tab.  Otherwise, the XML in XML is a fine GUI for editing.  I know, Oxygen is a good editor.  Get it past the procurement folk who vette sources before they will install software on the machines behind the firewalls.

Why? I don't really care to do so. Nor do I need to.

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