Re: Word to the wise

Subject: Re: Word to the wise
From: "Mike Starr" <mikestarr-techwr-l -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: "John Posada" <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 01:17:35 -0600

Try opening the xml file with Excel; it's a quick validator.

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From: "John Posada" <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:41 AM
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Word to the wise

> Word to the wise, hoping that others will learn from my error.
> It was just pointed out to me that 50% of the 100+ context sensitive
> topics
> for my online help don't work in the GA release of my most recent project.
> We use an xml file with the mapID targets and URLs in place of a .h file.
> It
> seems that between the last version that was checked, and the version that
> got written to the CD, an ending quotation mark was missing half way
> through. This resulted in every line after that falling into the non-valid
> XML camp.
> I'm not sure how we're going to fix this. However, had I been using the
> right application to write in (opposed to Notepad) or a validator
> afterwards, the error would have been apparent within seconds.
> What did I learn? Don't cut corners and use the right tools.
> John Posada


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