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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: best tool for docbook?
I'd just like to add to this discussion that the beauty of XML is that you can use *any and all* of these editing tools to work on your XML files. 8^) With Word and FrameMaker files, you have to use Word and FrameMaker to write and edit. With XML, I can use a graphical tool like XMetal to write the bulk of a document, and then make minor editing changes later using vi, or even Notepad if it's on a Windows box. This freedom of choice means each user can select the editing tool that suits their needs (within the bounds of cost, of course). The graphical tools are not WYSIWYG, but they do assist the mind in sorting out the markup from the words, and the styled presentation can help a lot. I've certainly internalized the structural paradigm of XML, and I still prefer a graphical editor for most of my writing. The two areas I find a graphical editor helps the most are in tables and complex nested lists. Once you have used a table editor for XML tables, it's hard to go back. 8^) bobs Bob Stayton 400 Encinal Street Publications Architect Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Technical Publications voice: (831) 427-7796 Caldera International, Inc. fax: (831) 429-1887 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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