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Re: Heterogeneous XML editing environments - how do youcope?

  • From: Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@r...>
  • To: rob@k...
  • Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 21:54:41 -0400

Re:  Heterogeneous XML editing environments - how do youcope?
Robert Koberg wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-10-17 at 17:51 -0400, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>> When you have a heterogeneous editing environment, that's because 
>> different tools are better for different jobs. Certainly the vast 
>> majority
> Is there a vastness here ?

If we're counting people who have written the specifications that define 
the XML family in the W3C, there is a definite vastness in favor of 
text-oriented editing environments. That's the population I meant to 

> I have never used XMetal, but I like the ability to not impose editor
> visual restrictions like line breaking in something that should not have
> line breaking.

And conversely, when I painstakingly put that whitespace in a document 
to make it easier to edit in the environments I use, I resent editors 
that completely trash it, not only making it harder to read, but making 
cvs diffs a lot harder to interpret, since virtually every line has 
changed by simple virtue of using that particular editor on a file, 
changing perhaps one character. The fact of different preferences for 
what should happen is precisely the situation referred to in the title 
of this thread.


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