[oXygen-user] oXygen wish-list
Wed Jan 28 21:38:54 CST 2004
I've been using oXygen for about six weeks now. I really like it. I agree
with Norm Walsh that it hits a sweet spot. I hope it continues to be
available on all the major platforms: that's a key feature long-term, I think.
I upgraded the RAM on my Win2K machine so I could run it happily (for a
long time I had been laboring every time I ran a serious Java application),
and have found it all in all to be an excellent investment.
What I particularly like is that oXygen is actually a file editor, although
with many of the features one likes in a structured editor. (The
code-insight feature is great!) This means that it's very flexible and
forgiving with not-quite-yet-XML, which I find very useful. (I believe
there's also still room in the market for a strong structured editor,
especially since Corel's product seems to have taken a wrong turn, but
that's a different kind of application in my view.)
I am also a big fan of RelaxNG (though old-fashioned DTDs also have their
virtues), and I like to oXygen's support for it.
I've been collecting a list of things I'd personally like to see, though I
can't say they amount to anything substantial. They're mostly user
interface things that I have liked in other tools. (Remember it took me six
weeks to think of all these!)
* Operate a stylesheet with the "-a" flag (Saxon) or Xalan
equivalent (that is, reading xml-stylesheet PI from document).
* Set up a scenario with output file name or other parameters
provided at runtime (with replacement expressions such as
$Basename to use the source file's basename)
* Add xslt to recognized extensions (or set your own).
* Show me Saxon's error messages!? (Maybe I haven't got this set
* Macros / tagging clips (eg paste in custom tag structure)
* Enhanced outline views (oh you're working on this)
* Improvements to Find/Replace dialogs
o reposition and pin
o using checkbox for "from top" is a pain, I'd prefer
file wrap (or have it in addition)
o a "replace all" button? (I am getting used to a two-screen-
deep "replace" and like it for case-by-case, but also like
a replace all in front)
* Enhancements to Project interface
o context menu "open in browser"
o context menu "copy file name to clipboard"
...which all in all, ought to be enough requests from one user --
Congratulations on a fine tool!
Wendell Piez mailto:
Mulberry Technologies, Inc. http://www.mulberrytech.com
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