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Re: Fwd: FYI: Choosing an XML Editor

On Wed, 2005-04-20 at 18:45 +0100, Gavin Henry wrote:
> Subject: FYI: Choosing an XML Editor
> Date: Wednesday 20 Apr 2005 17:25
> From: Saqib Ali <docbook xml gmail com>
> To: "discuss en tldp org" <discuss en tldp org>, docbook en tldp org
> A review of XML editors has just been published by the Arts and
> Humanities Data Service.
> Please see http://www.xml-dev.com/blog/index.php#121 for info

Excellent!  A much better article than the standard "Well, here's what I
like, so this package is great and the rest aren't."  The criteria are
clearly laid out, although it would have been good to see what standard
differentiated the ratings for each element considered.

I notice that, of the free tools, Emacs (and to a slightly lesser
extent, jEdit) kicked butt in features, while for usability,
OpenOffice.org (!) blew the doors off just about every other package.  

The perception of barriers has a lot to do with overarching usability
factors.  I remember bringing up the idea of trying to better the
OpenOffice.org DocBook/XML features, but it's a pretty steep learning
curve to participate in that arena.  Maybe if we could get the attention
of some of the XML project developers, they would be willing to at least
hear us out for what we need.  I haven't tried the FC3.91 (FC4test2)
version of OO.o, so I'm not sure what XML improvements they've made.
I'm installing right now in a VMware guest to see how it looks.

Paul W. Frields, RHCE                          http://paul.frields.org/
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