Re: Questioning XSL
Paul Prescod writes: > I think that it is worth noting that most of the people who are in the > "XSL camp" are people are thoroughly familiar with scripting languages. > The reverse is not true. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ <request-for-clarification pedantry="off" sarcasm="off"> I'd be very interested in finding out exactly what Paul's observation has been: 1. that most people in the anti-XSL camp are not thoroughly familiar with scripting languages; 2. that most people who are not thoroughly familiar with scripting languages are still not in the anti-XSL camp; or 3. that thorough familiarity with languages other than scripting languages does not automatically push someone into the anti-XSL camp. </request-for-clarification> > We have tried both and found the XSL way to be more > convenient. There is no programming language that quite captures > XSL's optimized mix of "polymorphic dispatch", pattern matching and > convenient template description. In my experience, it has been much easier to develop and maintain DSSSL scripts than procedural code for XML/SGML transformation or formatting tasks, and I fully expect that (like Paul) I will have the same experience with XSL. Nevertheless, unless otherwise requested, I will continue to provide my customers with (well-documented and carefully modularized) Perl scripts or Java code for the time being, because that way they can modify and maintain their systems themselves rather than relying on expensive XML specialists. Any XSL I contribute will probably sit outside the system core, in samples, demos, free downloads, etc. If, in the future, there is a lot of good OTS software for XSL, the spec is stable, and there's a wide (and growing) user and developer base, then I will happily change my strategy and rejoice that my technical work has become a little easier. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 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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