Re: XML-appropriate editing data structures
Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote: > > 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. I usually use a colorized text editor, generally Edit+ or Armed Bear, or sometimes the Topologi editor. One thing I really want that I don't often see is bookmarks so that I can move back to specific places. Edit+ has them, and so does Armed Bear, but in AB they are invisible, which is a nuisance. Last year, I wrote my paper for Extreme - which requires you to use their DTD - using XML Mind, which is approximately WYSIWYG by means of a CSS style sheet. I also did my slides for the talk using a different DTD and style sheet. That was a reasonable experience, but it wouldn't be adequate for a really large work, I don't think, because it is a bit hard to move around and find the right places. I have been using the Word "document map" display often in recent months. This view is a tree view, but it is based on heading levels that you can declare, so that if you have a style called ".level-1", you can make that a level 1 heading and it displays appropriately in the document map. You can also suppress the display of all levels below a threshold, which is handy. I'd like to see something comparable in an XML editor that was designed for editing large text-style documents. You don't usually want to see all the elements in a tree view, but you want to see some structure to make it easier to move around a large work. And yes, speed of loading and response is important to me. Cheers, Tom P
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