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Re: XML-appropriate editing data structures

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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.


Tom P


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