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RE: Is "Hand Authoring" XML still a critical use case ?

  • From: "David Lee" <dlee@calldei.com>
  • To: "'Bjoern Hoehrmann'" <derhoermi@gmx.net>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 14:15:30 -0500

RE:  Is "Hand Authoring" XML still a critical use case ?
I argue the readability and writability are *totally different*.
I read XML ALL DAY and for me its #1 appeal s a format is that its humanly
that’s not at all the same as 'easily written'.

However I rarely write directly in it, except for very tiny bits.
( e.g. preparing my Docbook-like papers for submission to Balisage is a real
challenge for me, and I'm an xml-geek) .

I'm not actually proposing that XML should not consider hand editing.
I'm suggesting that many of the discussions this week have been around the
concept of "whats easier to write",
and I'm throughing a strawman out that maybe that’s not the most important

David A. Lee

-----Original Message-----
From: Bjoern Hoehrmann [mailto:derhoermi@gmx.net] 
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 2:12 PM
To: David Lee
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re:  Is "Hand Authoring" XML still a critical use case ?

* David Lee wrote:
>Is Hand Authored XML really an important issue nowadays ? 

That's a silly question, as close human contact with the source code
varies with applications. Close encounters with XHTML are more common
than close encounters with Atom or XMPP, for instance. I myself use
XML as quick and dirty serialization format for debugging purposes;
that's not authoring by hand, but I have to read it without any tool
assistance and the requirements are similar.
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