and influence developments via the Sense Forum.
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To produce a text editor that was highly navigable via a structural view.
The requirement was dictated by the need to provide a common look and feel user interface that would easily integrate into an existing product under development.
There was also a need for a flexible arrangement that would accommodate programmatic editing -- that is, the ability of an external program to edit any line within the document remotely.
The choice of a XML document format required little consideration and similarly so for the use of pre-allocated unique identifiers as navigable tags in preference to more conventional bookmarks.
An object-oriented document editor was born in concept: uniquely identified document objects would comprise collapsible sections, paragraphs, bullets and so on.
With the object-oriented structure, it was apparent that significant user handling qualities would be realizable:
It also became apparent that the editor might serve two quite separate types of usage:
The object-oriented design naturally imposed a small number of constraints on typical user text entry expectations: once mastered, editing is then found to be surprisingly conventional.
The SENSE Project is not finished: like so many software projects! - However, there becomes a time to release what is, warts and all, and go forward -- there are so many (large and small) improvements, refinements and features that can be added but these will need to be implemented later.
SENSE is therefore offered at two levels of license based functionality:
Why the name SENSE?...the project was initially attributed the name Notability - it is ideal for making notes. During an early development stage demonstration, it was commented that it is a structured editor. Hence we have Sense - an acronym derived from the Silva Elm Notability Structured Editor. I thank Dave Anders who was a project manager at High Integrity Solutions (HIS) in Romsey, England for that inspiration. I also thank him for the initial encouragement to continue with the development.
I've also got to thank and apologize to Alec Bray, a Principal Consultant in the area of Process Engineering (also my neighbour in Reading). Firstly, thanks to his enthusiasm for the product and sorry, it's simply too much work currently to port this to Linux.. at this time it will only run on various flavours of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Finally, I must thank my wife for her support while I've toiled away on this over the years (maybe more bearable in Paphos, Cyprus) and also for various sparks of inspiration from the rest of the family. I must particularly thank my son Antony for his unstinting support and valuable suggestions but particularly for putting so much inspired effort into designing the icons and logos.
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