Re: XML-appropriate editing data structures
Perhaps your last sentence pretty well sums up the notion of an XML editor as a beast unto itself. However, if I am the guy writing Word, Illustrator, or just plain 'ol MarkWare, I still have to deal with loading all of that XML into the appropriate data structures. Although in this case there is nothing requiring me to use a DOM like structure I will face most of the same issues in designing the appropriate structures for my application. Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote: > At 8:27 AM -0400 4/8/04, Mark Schmeets wrote: > >> Well yes, maybe. I think it depends a lot on what *kind* of XML you >> are working with. Certainly when there is a lot more text than >> structure you want something closer to a text editor. When there is a >> lot more structure than text you want something closer to a form >> based editor. The fact that there is this range of application makes >> producing a good *general purpose* XML editor very difficult. > > > Yes, but I don't think most XML-specific tools go far enough. I'm a > man of extremes. I either want to edit my XML by hand in a text editor > (with maybe a little help from syntax coloring and tag completion, > though I won't miss it if it isn't there; and I certainly wouldn't > accept poor performance in order to have these features.) or I want an > application specific editor such as Word or Adobe Illustrator that > completely shields me from the native XML. I encounter little need for > anything in between these two positions.
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