Recently, I've been doing more work with modifying RibbonX (XML) code.Â I started off in the CustomUI editor, which is essentially just a text editor that links to Office's XML schema for validation.Â As the files got longer, and scrolled off the screen, however, this great little program started to get really annoying.Â It started flashing... a lot.
When your code does not all fit in one screen, and the top line has scrolled off the screen, the editor keeps refreshing to put your cursor on the last visible line of code.Â So if you're editing and want to read something five lines below, you need to type, scroll down, type, scroll down.Â Every time you start hitting keystrokes, it refreshes with a flash to make sure the line of code you are writing is at the bottom of the screen.Â Honestly, it's enough to give you a headached.
Another shortcoming of the program is that there is no Find/Replace ability in it.Â Personally, I'm not so used to XML that I write everything correctly the first time, and I'm also not totally used to my naming conventions either.Â I frequently go back to update things to make them conform to what I want.
My solution is to copy all my XML to Notepad, edit it there, then copy it back to the CustomUI editor for validation and saving.Â It's painful, but it does work.Â Notepad, of course, leaves some wants there as well.
Does anyone use other text editors?Â Can you link it to validate the XML right in the editor?Â I'm curious to know if I could get one (free) full featured program to do all of my editing, and just paste it back to the CustomUI editor for saving.