XML Editors - Word 2000??
ricko at allette.com.au
Wed Jun 30 10:10:02 BST 1999
On the subject of XML editors:
* FrameMaker+SGML is excellent, but a big job to set up for complete
* EditTime is a very fast editor that is pretty simple to set up, aimed
* I have not tried Epic, but Adept editor has nice data entry.
>Paul Prescod <paul at prescod.net> writes:
>> No one advocates pretending that structure doesn't exist.
Not to be contrarian, but I would love an XML editor that hid structure
Just like a coloured map, it would be great if all inline elements were
with a font or style, and that I could use the style menus to drill down
to the allowed
generic elements in context.
For some people, I think visual operation is stronger than conceptual
for markup languages it means that even though I may start editing a
using thoughts about the structure, when I become familiar with the
editor I may
be better switching over to using visual cues (and to using keyboard
My final goal may be "insert a particular element", but my proximate
shortcuts itself to "insert something that looks the same as other
Anyone who has used FrameMaker+SGML or some of the other structure-based
editors knows that when a content model has many choice items, scrolling
are tedious. Furthermore, it is difficult to keep track of many choices
So I think a good user interface for an editor would also allow specify
by reverse tracing through the stylesheet: you know you want to insert
that is rendered italic & bold by the current stylesheet, so you select
and it would present you a choice of any element types in the current
whose stylesheet matches that description.
I wonder if this would involve less mental effort on entry-operators
when there are content models with many choices: it reduces the number
names they have to recognise in order to make the desired choice,
to a single choice. Presumably the same HCI rule (maximum of seven
choices at any level) that operates on names would also operated on
styles, so there would also be a maximum of 7 style qualities at any
the operator would have to look through.
On a similar vein, one good thing that having named content models in
XML Schemas is that they can allow hierarchical menus for selecting
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