Do I need to use a validating parser?

Matthew Sergeant (EML) Matthew.Sergeant at
Wed May 5 12:28:19 BST 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Marcelo Cantos [SMTP:marcelo at]
> > I really meant what I wrote.  I'm assuming that most programmers will
> not
> > actually write in the markup language, but rather will use editors which
> > produce markup as their output.  If you think about it, that's what's
> > already happening with tools like Access or Delphi (users work in an
> > editor, and for the most part, don't touch the code), and of course
> that's
> > almost the only way anyone can deal with HTML anymore.
> This is not true.  It is still extremely common for HTML authors to
> code raw HTML in a text editor.  In fact, if any degree of
> sophistication is required of your web site, a high level HTML editor
> will, more than likely, just get in the way.
> We gave up looking for a good HTML authoring environment because we
> almost always found that it was easier just to knock it up in a text
> editor.  Moreover, any site that contains a large number of dynamic
> pages will not benefit at all from an fancy editor.
	One word: Homesite. Makes a damn good syntax highlighting XML editor
too. And with IE5 installed it's a quick click on the Browse button and you
see your XML+CSS in all it's glory.

	For Joshua's information, he may be (or may not be) interested in's XUL - it's an XML application building language that uses
Javascript as it's programming language. Netscape 5's gui will be completely
built using XUL - it's a very cool technology. However it doesn't go as far
as to lower the scripting language to being XML itself - I think that's
crazy, but each to his own.


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