A little wish for short end tags (Was: RE: SDD bogus)

james anderson James.Anderson at mecom.mixx.de
Tue May 12 17:24:34 BST 1998

maybe i've been writing lisp too long, and i've even come to trust my text
editor's ability to balance parens, but even before the days of emacs and co.,
reading (and indenting, if need be) for balancing became second nature.
i won't repeat paul graham's argument from "on lisp" here, but it came down to
"you end up reading shapes, not parentheses. if you get to need to count the
parentheses, the cause is lost anyway..."
besides, the editors i've seen for c and java these days not only blink
braces, they even display them in pretty colors.
shouldn't one expect the same of xml editors - to the extent that they're not wysiwyg?

Bryan Gilbert wrote:
>         Yes don't forget that XML is meant
> for Humans too.  Short end tags are a pain
> when there is lots of intermediate text.

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