[techtalk] html editors

Telsa Gwynne hobbit at aloss.ukuu.org.uk
Wed Mar 22 13:18:06 EST 2000

On Wed, Mar 22, 2000 at 03:02:27AM -0500 or thereabouts, Laurel Fan wrote:
> Emacs psgml mode is great!  Commands to insert an element and the
> required sub-elements, complete a tag name, automatically insert
> the correct end tag, insert an attribute, etc.  I use it to do DocBook, 
> and haven't actually tried doing it with HTML, though.

I didn't realise it would do HTML, but I suppose if you have the right
DTD thingy at the top?

I came across psgml mode when I started messing about with DocBook and 
a sneaky emacs user said, "And you'll need the psgml package, too" and
then later, "start emacs on a .sgml file and then...".

I would consider that a very sneaky evangelism tactic, but the psgml
mode simply rocks.

It is making me readjust my "must learn this at some stage" priorities
to put emacs right back up towards the top. If the other modes provide
similar advantages to people who are writing C or Lisp or so on
documents, I suddenly realise why people live inside emacs.

But for now, for DocBook, I use joe. Similarly for HTML. I keep finding
myself closing <p> tags in HTML as a matter of course now, (well, actually, 
I keep doing "</pa" before thinking, "No, wrong markup...")

I have tried to use Netscape and Mozilla's Composer thingies, but I
just can't get the hang of buttons and menus to "insert table here"
and so on. I'm too used to putting the tags in. I got stuck in a 
series of list items once and couldn't work out at all how to close 
the list and get back to the normal sort of text. It came out looking
most peculiar.


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