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In this article, you'll find an in-depth exploration of six distinct categories of XML document editors. With an appreciation of the characteristics and limitations of the tools available, you'll be able to choose those that best fit your needs. Categories I'll explore the following categories of XML editors: Form-based editors Word processors Text editors Word processors with style mappings Word processors with XML enhancements XML word processors In assessing the relative merits of each category I consider efficiency, ease of use, cost of ownership, and ability to access document model rules (defined in a DTD or schema definition) in order to control or guide the authoring process. I also cover an issue that I call "the hidden-tags problem," which is explained fully at the end of this article. For now, it's sufficient to know that it involves the confusion that c... (more)

The Trouble with Tables

When the content of an XML document is intended for human eyes, rather than software digestion, it's necessary to consider the possible limitations of rendering applications, including typesetting systems, DTP packages, and on-screen document presentation tools such as Web browsers. Simple text structures, like headings, paragraphs, and list items can be presented easily enough, but intricate structures, such as chemical and multiline mathematical formulas, are so difficult to render that they're often preprocessed into images. Between these extremes we have tabular structures. ... (more)