Thanks for your thoughts. I like the "skin development" algorithm
But yeah, it's not an ideal process to have to run through.
I agree that hand editing the XML is a really horrible experience. There was a stage when I considered it easy, though more recent experiences convinced me otherwise.
A fully integrated editor, comprising imageset, looknfeel skin and layout editing would be a really nice thing indeed. The current direction I was heading in with this editor would prevent that, although there was some discussion yesterday which has caused me to re-evaluate some decisions, and so such a tool may yet come into existence.
Generally progress on this tool is very slow, there's many reasons for that. Some things will be announced soon so that everybody will have an idea of where the project is at, where it is heading and what you can expect over the coming months