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Modifying the XML pt. 2
Authored by: Tulse on Feb 09, '06 11:13:33AM
(Apologies for the double-post.)

Editing the long single lines of text in the template files can be an enormous pain. There are two freeware tools that together can format and edit the templates in a more structured fashion.

Taco HTML Edit is a fantastic freeware app for editing HTML (and I highly recommend it for that purpose). It doesn't do syntax colouring for XML, but it can recognize basic tag structure, and break up a single line of XML into a beautifully indented file. To do this, open the XML file in Taco, and then under the Syntax menu, choose Organize Tags.

This may be sufficient if you don't want syntax colouring. However, it is handy to have the values coloured separately from the rest of the tags. To get this, you can download SEEdit. There is a freeware "Mini" version, and a US$30 "Maxi" version (that sounds like it also does the tag organizing that Taco does). For some reason, SEEdit won't open the saved XML file in its Open dialog box (the file is greyed out), but if you drag the file onto the SEEdit Dock icon, it will pop open the file.

These two apps (or one, if you want to shell out thirty bucks for SEEdit Maxi) will make editing the XML templates a lot more pleasant.

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