Many people must wonder what an XML editor is. A plain text editor may have been familiar for our ears, but XML editor as a mark-up language editor program has more facilities than the plain text editor, such menus and buttons for tasks and tag completion. This program is functioned to help us editing our XML.
There are many kinds of XML editor existed in programming world, such as:
XML Editor – Textual Editor
This kind of editor is functioned to help us working with element tags. This editor uses the aid of syntax highlighting—colouring the element of the text differently. Although this editor is the most basic one for XML editor program, the textual editor program has many advantages. This program gives us the information which is very similar to the information saved in the XML file. As many people suggest, using this editor is almost perfect for making easy operations, for editing XML files without worrying your editing will be disturbed by any schema and configuration file and for controlling your formatting act. Also, in this XML editor make us able to create many cells in one row.
XML Editor – Graphical Editor
This XML editor is easier than the textual editor because it does not use any syntax highlighting, which is considered difficult by most people. This program is better functioned for XML languages for data than if we use it for saving any documents. Contrary to the above editor, this editor use the aid of schema and configuration file in order to be able to analyze if whether or not we create any invalid document. Another difference is that in this editor, we cannot create many cells in one row, like textual editor can do.
XML Editor – Grid Editor
This editor is a little bit unique, since this editor enables us to create and edit our XML data in an uncommon form, shaped a tree or table. As we can see in many data formed in table or tree diagram, it will make the data easier to view and analyze. The same as this grid editor’s skill, this editor program also make us easy to view, create and edit our XML data. Another feature possessed by this editor is a split screen XML source or we call it as XML grid. This feature is functioned to make us easy see whether or not a node fits into the whole document’s structure.
Of course, there are still many more XML editor programs. The three editor programs above are the most frequently used by many programmers. Observed throughout many sources, each editor seems to have branches again which give us many option of editor programs.