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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: best tool for docbook?

I know I'm not the only person using vi (vim to be precise) for DocBook, 
but no one has mentioned it so far.

I've found nothing zoomier for me.  Dan York posted a link to an 
excellent vimrc file here a while back that I've modified a little to 
suit my tastes and it works wonderfully (Thanks Dan!).  It does all of 
the markup for all my favorite tags, including the closers, and places 
the cursor in the right spot--all in three keystrokes or less (no need 
to even drop out of insert mode).  Syntax highlighting is also quite 
nice.  And it lacks those crazy emacs finger disco moves that I never 
could seem to remember or find quickly.

I guess for those wanting WYSIWYG vim (or Emacs) just won't do.  But if 
one is working with markup, I reckon it's worth wrapping you're head around.

Gregory Leblanc wrote:

> On 22 Aug 2001 08:11:12 -0500, Dennis Grace wrote:
>>Well, Holger, it may be just that some of us find emacs a clumsy,
>>cumbersome editor. If that sounds harsh, you should hear what some of the
>>other writers in my group have to say about emacs.
>>I actually prefer writing and editing in markup, but emacs--even with
>>psgmlx and the Windows settings--is a drag. I agree that emacs+psgml (or
>>psgmlx) offers a solution, especially for those who can't or don't want to
>>work in Windows, but I certainly wouldn't classify the combination as one
>>of the "best tools for DocBook."
> I don't see where you've suggested anything better... (even just checked
> the archives, and can't find anything)
> As for Emacs+psgml...  I work with a rather large team of writers and
> even the ones who have been working with DocBook using psgml for 3 or 4
> years haven't learned half of the tricks with it.  More than half of
> them are unaware that it can do anything other than syntax highlighting
> and calling an external validation tool (well, they may know it can do
> more than that, just not how to do it).  It's not so much how good your
> editor is, as how good the docs for your editor are.
> 	Greg

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