Theoretically, I could put out an initial milestone of Verbosio, my prototype XML editor, for general consumption if I spent a week or two finishing up the bare minimum functionality. But that would leave a lot of potential users (particularly the Mozilla development community) very disappointed in Verbosio. It would have rudimentary editing capability, and that’s it.
Then there’s the dreaded Verbosio Manual, which I absolutely have to write. In creating the Verbosio architecture, I’ve diverged a little ways from traditional XUL application development. No one will write extensions for Verbosio if they can’t understand how. The model I’ve built for extension development is a little more rigorous than I suspect most extension developers are used to, and it may not fly.
Plus, glazou has finally indicated his prototype XML editor, ETNA, is starting to come together. I really wouldn’t mind being a beta-tester for that, or maybe even an alpha-tester.
I’ve talked about Verbosio for months now on my blog. I want your opinion: where in its evolution would you expect a XML editor project to be, before you wanted to touch it and work with or on it? I’m not talking to end-users here, I’m talking to the development community. I want to do an initial release at the right moment, but I don’t know when that is from a technical standpoint.