RE: Why WYSIWYG for XML???

Subject: RE: Why WYSIWYG for XML???
From: "John Posada" <JPosada -at- isogon -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 10:59:17 -0400

>4. We have been trained to organize meaning by
>organizing the document structure (outlines,
>headings, etc.). In our minds, these organizational
>structures are visual, not conceptual. If we can't
>see the differences in the headings, the differences don't exist.

Of course they do, but in your mind instead of on paper. Because I'm
using my FM content also for help, while I'm authoring, I've defined
each of my 5 levels of heading styles to start on a new page. I do this
as a clue to myself that when a section starts heading toward a page
length, the topic is getting too long and I need to break it down into
smaller chunks.

I also apply character level markup with mostly no change in
attribute...all character styles (button, window, dialog, input, output)
are marked but with no attributes. Only when a chapter is heading toward
final review do I define the styles with attributes that I have stored
in another template. Doing this freed me up from the indecision of
whether I should make something bold, italics, small caps, etc., and
made me concentrate on the words.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
Isogon Corporation
"Realizing Your Business Goals
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