Re: Giving up on XML

Subject: Re: Giving up on XML
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Paul Pehrson" <paulpehrson -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwhirlers" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 10:20:01 -0700

Well, I did say previously that I thought things would eventually move
in this direction. The question is, can someone who wants to create
something that Flare doesn't do open a tool of their own, link to XML
generated by Flare and use it without the need to somehow customize
it with additions that will confuse the hell out of Flare the next time
you try to open it? When the answer is "yes," then XML document
authoring will be on its way to becoming a "standard" working
environment.

I don't know where you might have gotten the idea that I wanted to
"create my own XML markup language." Working under the hood
of my authoring tools is the *last* thing I want to do. I want the
languages used under the hood of my authoring tools to be like
the heating elements in my toaster, something that works for me
on a daily basis without my having to pay any attention to it at all.

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Pehrson" <paulpehrson -at- gmail -dot- com>

> Hmmm. I'm jumping into this thread late, and I admit that I didn't read
> through all the other replies, however, I'll submit that I'm using MadCap
> Flare V2.5 for authoring, and it stores my documents in an XML format. Just
> last ween I used Flare to create a printed version of my guide that needed
> absolutely no tweaking in the printed form, and I used it to create a
> differently-styled web-help output with different variables, some different
> topics, and some on-line specific text.
>
> Flare allowed me to author without "giving a fudge about rigidly enforced
> document structure," and I was able to produce multiple outputs from my
> single source topics.
>
> My documents, to me, seem unstructured, though I recognize that in the
> inner-workings of Flare they are, in fact, structured.
>
> Sure, you can create your own XML-based markup language if you want, but it
> seems to me that in the end why bother when there are vendors that will
> create tools that allow you to work with XML (with all the benefits of using
> XML), and never have to worry about the underlying code? I suppose it is a
> case of picking the right tool that allows you to accomplish your end goal,
> which to me is more important than the specific method for achieving that
> goal.

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References:
Rant: Giving up on XML: From: siliconwriter
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Mike Starr
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Janice Gelb
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Mike Starr
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Giving up on XML: From: Paul Pehrson

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