Re: XML-appropriate editing data structures
----- Original Message ----- From: "Elliotte Rusty Harold" <elharo@m...> To: "Jeff Rafter" <lists@j...> Cc: <xml-dev@l...> Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2004 4:46 PM Subject: Re: XML-appropriate editing data structures > Because it is very common to need to create, either temporarily or > permanently, invalid content. For instance, when I was writing > Processing XML with Java in DocBook I typed many xinclude:include > elements that were not provided for by the DocBook DTD. In other > cases I've added custom elements and attributes that are not supplied > by the DTD. > > And in other cases, I do want valid markup. I just don't want it yet. > I'm not ready to fill in everything that's required. For instance, I > might begin a book by typing out an outline as section titles, > without actually giving the sections any content, though that is > ultimately required. But I can probably put together an outline in > day, even though filling in the content may take a year, as long as > the editor doesn't keep bugging me about the missing parts. > > I've tried editors that attempt to maintain validity. And they're > just bloody annoying. Even if you want valid markup, they're either > pestering you with pop-ups; or filling in what they think you'll add > and guessing wrong. (There's often more than one possible child > element that can be added to make a parent element valid.) Bottom > line: they get in your way. They are not smart enough to figure out > what needs to be done, but they do something anyway. I've been very pleased with James Clark's nxml-mode for emacs. Its syntax-coloring marks invalid places, but it does not fill in content automatically. The only 'electric' feature I use is autocompletion when you type '</' to complete the current element. And it's *very* fast, including whatever validation you allow. Jeff
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