Could authors really write in XML one day?
The learning curve for non-markup-expert authors to start writing and editing structured documents in XML is steep, and there are some specific barriers to the acceptance of editor interfaces (Flynn2006). In exploring the reasons behind these barriers, we identified some changes that could be made to common interfaces to improve acceptability (Flynn2009).
This paper presents the results of usability tests on the modifications, and suggests how some aspects of structured editing software could be adapted to extend their use into additional areas and markets.
This research is being submitted for a PhD in the Department of Applied Psychology, UCC (Human Factors Research Group).