XML Editors - Word 2000??

Marcus Carr mrc at allette.com.au
Thu Jul 1 01:01:47 BST 1999

Ketil Z Malde wrote:

> Turning to Marcus, who said in a previous posting that:
> >>> People who are drafting XML documents such as legislation are not
> >>> working with the structure,
> And I replied:
> >> I maintain it is much better than pretending the structure doesn't
> >> exist by covering it under formatting issues.
> And now you say:
> > The user doesn't pretend that it doesn't exist - they still select elements and
> > assign attribute values.
> So they *do* work with the structure, after all.  Explicitly.

The two sentences have been taken completely out of context - the first was not considering to
the use of an editor, the second was specifically dealing with document creation using a
structured editor. To clarify:

a)  someone drafting legislation without the aid of an XML editor is creating a structured
document (because all documents are structured) but is principally interested in the content,

b)  someone drafting legislation with the aid of an XML editor is creating a structured
document, and is concerned with applying the correct structure as well as getting the content

Option b) is more work, so the structural part is sometimes undertaken as a separate process
by one who is more experienced with structure and less knowledgeable about drafting


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc at allette.com.au
Allette Systems (Australia)      www:    http://www.allette.com.au
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       - Einstein

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