XML document editor

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 2 22:24:05 UTC 2008

On 10/02/2008 02:29 PM, John Hubbard wrote:
> stan wrote:
>> Let me start off this by saying that I probably don't even know enough to
>> properly format the question.
>> I have some software, for industrial control systems that generates export
>> files in an XML format. I would like to be able to edit these files, such
>> that I can for example replicate many copies of the same thing, each with
>> slight changes that make it unique, In years past, this was done by
>> exporting to an ASCII "flat file".
>> I have been hearing about XML for a while, but not really paying attention.
>> Now is the time I need to learn about this, it appears.
>> So, is there such a thing as an XML file editor? What I think I mean by
>> this is an editor that can open these files, and understand the properties
>> that are defined in them, and allow me to manipulate these objects? Is this
>> something Open Office can do? Or is there a better/different way of doing
>> this?
> XML is a type of mark up language.  This means you put markups around 
> words/phrases.  Every time I have tried to edit an xml file I have used 
> vim.  Assuming that the file has been saved as standard text you should 
> be able to edit it with any text editor.  Kate, Emacs, vi,...  I am not 
> sure what the preferred gnome text editor is.  Depending on file size, 
> number of files and how much you need to do to them you might discover 
> that some of the command line tools (sed, grep, awk) are the easiest way 
> to edit.  Let me know if you have any other questions. 

Don't try with gedit, conglomerate, or bluefish et al with Gnome in hardy:


Try geany in Gnome.

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