[oclug] WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux - Deluxe
oclug at strosberg.com
Wed Nov 3 14:53:12 EDT 2010
Andy Civil wrote:
> On 2010-11-03 12:28 PM, Bill Strosberg wrote:
>> If you are able to generate a document
>> identical to one that uses "display codes", what exact benefit does the
>> feature provide?
> The OP is correct; 'reveal codes' is fundamentally important: it allows you to
> see, not just 'what you get' but 'why you got it'. You NEED to know why you got
> it, to ensure that your intentions survive unconnected modifications.
> To give a trivial example, suppose I create a document with tabs in it, and my
> kid comes along and adds a paragraph using a row of spaces instead. It might
> look right TODAY, but what if I decide to change the tab spacing? Now her edits
> look broken. Another example would be an accidental carriage return at a place
> in a paragraph where a word wrap occurred anyway.
In reality text-based written communication has radically changed -
society now places little value in structured, maintainable textual
output. IMHO thnk abt txtg, abbrvs + rglr :( of splg + gmr. Twitter
(and cell phone displays) has reduced communication to 140 character
chunks. Brevity and formatting trumps file structure. Newspapers and
magazines are saturated with errors unacceptable 20 years ago.
I write and maintain code for a living, and consistency, formatting and
indentation standards are the difference between maintainable, readable
code and horrible messes that are indecipherable. I do not write
paragraphs in text communication with high value placed on future
modifications, but I take extreme care in coding for future
modifications. In writing, what meaning you output and what it looks
like is the critical issue in value - in code how you write and how it
is constructed is the critical valuation criteria.
Tools for each different task prioritize this accordingly - for the
average user WYSIWYG word processors put them in direct contact with the
"look" of the output and remove responsibility for the construction of
the document - hence elimination of Reveal Codes. Programming editors
are oriented 180 degrees from this - and automatic indentation,
automatic structuring based on language rules and visible tabs & spaces
Watching my son and how he has been taught has given me a new
perspective on writing and tools - and the priorities of my day bear
little resemblance to his. I've chosen to "get with the program",
rather than be a crusty old fart lamenting the good old days.
> I feel so passionately about the need for 'reveal codes' that I sometimes write
> documents using SeaMonkey in HTML. I know... HTML is the most GodAwful rendering
> scheme in the known universe, and feel free to have a good laugh at my expense;
> but I don't care... I've got 'reveal codes' for free on the 'HTML source' tab.
> And I may learn groff some day.
> Are there any XML based editors that have a WYSIWYG GUI, but allow to view the
> underlying XML?
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