re: Weighing in on XSL / Standards
Joshua E. Smith writes: [on XSL] > Am I missing some history here? When a detractor can say, with a > straight face, that he doubts the standard can actually be > implemented, that's usually a sign that the standard is *way* out > in front of the community, and needs more baking. XSL inherits from at least two major sources -- FOSIs, which are/were SGML instance-based stylesheets for typesetting SGML documents, specified by the USDoD; and DSSSL, which is/was a declarative Scheme-based language for transforming and formatting SGML documents, standardized by ISO. Both were implemented and used in production-grade systems (in the case of DSSSL, only *partly* implemented), and FOSIs were very heavily used through much of the 1990's. I don't think that anyone can say, with a straight face, that XSL *cannot* be implemented, though the flow objects will be a challenge (as with CSS, for that matter) -- the implementation process is fairly straight-forward, and there are already several implementations available (none is perfect, but that's to be expected when the spec itself is still unstable). In this regard, XSL is doing much better than many other W3C specs. The real question is what kind of market penetration XSL will have. I'll probably use it a lot for my personal work, because I'm used to that kind of programming and quite enjoy it; you may be right, though, that it's too far in front of the Web community -- even a brain-dead-simple thing like CSS1 is still having trouble catching on after several years, and XSL is at least two orders of magnitude more complex than CSS. 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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