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Shorthand XML: Quick-Authoring Syntaxes and Tools
Scott Sweeney, University of Washington

Track: XML
Date: Thursday, July 10
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Columbia

The success of RSS and other formats speaks to some of the great attributes of XML--its human-readability makes it easy to learn, easy to work with, and easy to read. However, its "human-write-ability" leaves something to be desired. If you’ve ever typed up more than a handful of XML files, you’ll know just how tedious those angle brackets and nesting of tags can be. The graphical environments like XML Spy or add-ons to Emacs have been helpful, but they are still awkward, slow to work with, or require lots of mouse-work.

As a response, several users from the community have created some “shorthand” methods to help remedy the situation, from specific syntaxes like YAML, SOX, tXML, and SLiP to various tools including XSH shell, Emacs XML mode, and others.

Sweeney covers what tools are available, their advantages and disadvantages, and some usage scenarios where the various methods are being used or where they might be of value.

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