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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] oXygen 9 beta with WYSIWYG-like editing supportfor DocBook

George Cristian Bina wrote:

> - Bold, Italic, Underline actions (insert emphasis with different role 
> attributes)

I'm sorry. This is just wrong. We may want a WYSIWYG display, but we 
don't want a WYSIWYG interface.  Moving away from WYSIWYG interfaces is 
what SGML, XML, and markup have always been about.

The interface should allow us to choose emphasis, strong emphasis, 
wordasword, foreignterm, variable, etc. It should not present us with 
options for Bold, Italic, and Underline.

What is shown on the screen need not be tags. Indeed it's quite useful 
if they're not. The document can be rendered in bold, italic, or 
whatever style is appropriate. That's fine. However, the user should be 
asked to specify what they mean, not what they want something to look 
like. Otherwise you might as well be using Word.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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