Re: XML and IE5 beta PR2
[Paul Spencer:] | I agree that the current IE5 implementation of XSL only does tag | transformation. However, unless I have misunderstood CSS, I don't think | your conclusion follows. | | I have used IE5 XSL to do reasonably complex formatting of XML | documents, including taking elements out of order, and displaying images | (URL in the XML) with hyperlinks to documents (also with their URL in | the XML). With a bit of judicious pre-processing of the XML using the | DOM, I also display another image a number of times according to a | number in the XML document. That's not complex. Complex is multiple columns, interleaved column sets with multiple text flows, footnote zones, synchronized marginalia, math formatting, mixed vertical and horizontal writing directions -- in other words, the stuff you need in order to do genuinely internationalized automated print publishing. The goal is to have a single language that, once mastered, can be used for any kind of formatting -- a language powerful enough to support the high-quality automated layout of any amount of material that conforms to a given DTD or document schema and modular enough to share the bulk of a complex stylesheet across both print and online versions. Only when you have a single stylesheet language that can replace the proprietary style and layout formats of programs like Quark Express, FrameMaker, PageMaker, and Word will you be able to achieve completely functional and transparent document interchange across applications. And only when you have a language equally capable of supporting both print and online display will you be able to build the common training infrastructure that can create the shared set of human resources needed for media-independent publishing in the next century. That language must be primarily declarative, so that stylesheets can be interchanged between different interactive stylesheet editors, and it must be able to scale from a one-off memo on up to the Yellow Pages, the New York Times, and the L. L. Bean catalogue -- both the online and print versions. A language that supports only the production of HTML can't do that. Jon xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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