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Re: [docbook] Re: XML Editors

Steinar Bang wrote:

I use GNU Emacs/psgml, which works great for me, with DTD-aware element insertion and attribute editing, XML tree navigation and editing, folding, and validation. But I wouldn't dream of even _proposing_ it to someone who today uses MSWord.

I'm also using Emacs+psgml. Most of the time it works great, but it has some annoying bugs:

a) using entities to break a document in smaller pieces as described in "The Definite Guide" does not work for me:

<!ENTITY chap1 SYSTEM "chap1.sgm">
<!ENTITY chap2 SYSTEM "chap2.sgm">
<book><title>My First Book</title>

Emacs (and Xemacs neither) does not parse the DTD in the smaller files. (Yes, I have tried something like

    Local Variables:
    mode: xml
    sgml-parent-document: ("master-file.xml")

This mechanism only works for small documents (at least on my machine.) but not when the documents get large. i don't know how to fix this.

b) Editing of attributes does not work. It always turns
*all* attribute values to lowercase. Sometimes it inserts funny markup like an extra ">". (Unfotunately, this behaviour cannot be reproduced deterministically.)
This is very dangerous because it can make files unvalid (by lowercasing IDs or IDREfs.)

c) psgml sometimes becomes confused when I type something like

<para>The number which is half as big as n is n/2. </para>

It sometimes (but not always!) misinterprets the "/" division operator as belonging to an end-tag. After this "/" the set of elements it offers for this context is complete nonsense.

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