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Chapter 19. The role of XML > Should you fear XML? - Pg. 264

264 ParT 5 SuPPorTIng your unIfIEd ConTEnT STraTEgy Should you fear XML? It does sound complicated and geeky. At one point it was; most writers had to be able to edit text like they were creating code. But that was a long time ago. Remember, there was a time when mainstream word processing packages like WordStarTM and WordPerfectTM required writers to memorize complicated key- stroke commands and "dot codes" for formatting content. WYSIWYG editors took over as soon as the computer platforms became powerful enough to run them, and the dreaded "dot codes" were hidden under a nice, clean, easy-to-use interface. Those who pined for the days of ugly screens could opt for the "codes on" mode, but most authors quickly dispensed with them. The same has happened with XML editors. Early editors were famous for display- ing the text in "tags on" mode. In this mode, you see all of the underlying structure and coding needed to create the final document. Like the earlier "codes on" mode in word processors, the screens were cluttered and the programs fairly hard to use. XML authoring tools have moved on, and like their word processing ancestors,