Re: A proposal for simplify XML text editing and subsequent pr
Virtual line-breaks are attractive and they're something I pondered, but they're not part of my proposal because I couldn't try them out, but that doesn't mean others can't provide the feature of course. With virtual line-breaks I hit issues because I was relying on RTF (specifically \li) to do horizontal character positioning, this needs a \par \pard paragraph which is converted to a \n character when read as text and is therefore indistinguishable from real line-breaks. The \line command would have given me virtual line-breaks, but then no indentation. Yes, it would be excellent to see nxml-mode support for this proposal. Editing 20MB xml files sounds quite formidable, I can see why whitespace modifications might be an issue. Phil On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:09 PM, Mike Sokolov <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > On 08/21/2011 03:35 AM, Philip Fearon wrote: >>> >>> Seems a reasonable approach for a GUI for new data. >>> >> >> Depending on your precise definition for a GUI, perhaps this proposal >> could still work in predominantly keyboard-driven text-only interfaces >> (hopefully it's Ok to mention emacs and vi)? For such text-only tools >> where there's no adjustable left-margin as such, I would hope it's >> possible to emulate this behavior using padding characters but >> tracking them continuously as they're inserted by the tool and >> protecting them so that they can be stripped safely (knowing that the >> user didn't type these characters) when the XML is saved, so to all >> intents and purposes they never existed. I haven't tried this, and I'm >> far from certain that users of this type of tool would even welcome >> it. >> > > I use emacs/nxml-mode and would welcome such an option. Even better though > would be the ability to insert "intelligent" virtual line breaks so that > editing 20MB xml files with no line breaks becomes feasible without > destructive whitespace modifications. Was that part of your proposal too? > > -Mike >
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