I'm teaching a one day workshop on EAD this month utilizing oXygen.
People like color cues, and oXygen provides that alongside user
intuitiveness. Plus, it checks against the schema via Relax NG, so its
an added plus on demonstrating how a well formed instance of EAD can
be incorporated into the workflow.
On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 11:47 AM, Creighton Barrett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 6 May 2010 12:13, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I'm going to be teaching a one-day workshop on EAD encoding this summer
>> and am debating with myself whether it's better to use a full-featured XML
>> editor like oXygen, or go with something like NoteTab Pro or Notepad++ that
>> just provides some general (mostly visual) XML assistance. I've used
>> Notepad++ in the past with students in our LIS classes with pretty good
>> success. I can think of fairly obvious pros and cons for both approaches.
>> I'd appreciate your thoughts, particularly from anyone who has taught
>> similar workshops.
> I've never taught a workshop like this, but I did train some interns on EAD
> this past year and my experience was that they all preferred oXygen over
> NoteTab. I started one intern on NoteTab and when she started using oXygen
> in a text-design course, she came back to the archives baffled about why I
> would prefer NoteTab over oXygen. When you're not used to the hierarchical
> structure of the code and how to detect the errors on your own in NoteTab
> and a web browser, the error-highlighting features of oXygen become very
> oXygen, of course, also has features that might make it easier to refer to
> different things when you're talking to a large group, like color-coded code
> and collapsible sections. And it transforms... If you're teaching
> students, there is a pretty good student rate to purchase a license if they
> want to pursue things further.
> Just a few thoughts!
> Creighton Barrett
> Halifax, Nova Scotia
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