Design Notes for an XML Editor

This document contains a mixture of requirements analysis and design notes for XML editing. The lack of semi-ubiquitous editors for XML documents that are easy to use is seen as stemming from two causes: a lack of the appropriate GUI component, and limitations in XML itself. The limitations in XML can to a great extent be overcome by the design of the editor. When the required GUI components become available (most ideally for the Java platform) then XML will in all probability become the standard format for virtually every kind of document and data file.

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Encoding Source in XML

A Strategic Analysis

This document looks at the reasons and methods for encoding program source code in XML. It also describes the major issues that must be solved for the encoding to be successful.

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Pre-set Initial, Default Text in the WordPress Editor

It was a long time before I found the page that told me how to do it. I searched many times, and eventually found a discussion that gave a link, which took me to a page that told me what I needed to do. That page called it “preset text”. I had been searching on “initial text in WordPress editor” and “default text in WordPress editor”. Hopefully, this post will help others who search on those terms.

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Why Hillary Lost

…to Donald Trump, no less

Donald Trump is a national and international embarrassment. But Americans should be even more embarrassed by the circumstances that led to Trump’s victory — in particular, Hillary’s nomination. This post delineates the 12-step process that made it so.

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Climate Change vs. Big-$$

I wrote this letter to David Leonhardt at the N.Y. Times, in response to the question he posed after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the single most important coalition the world has formed to prevent climate change — the Paris climate accord. His question: “What would a more politically persuasive message about climate change sound like?” 

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