Re: Weighing in on XSL / Standards
From: Tim Bray <tbray@t...> >At 10:20 PM 5/24/99 +1000, Rick Jelliffe wrote: >>Dave has mentioned that DSSSL was only partly implemented, but it should >>be emphasized that this does not mean a failure in the DSSSL >>specification: > >I couldn't disagree more. A standard which goes unimplemented is not >only a failed standard but actively damaging, as it weakens the arguments >for standards-based development. -Tim When DSSSL was in draft, the was a suggestoin to add a profile system to allow simpler named subsets. But the DSSSL working group did not seem to see exchange of DSSSL code between different implementations (which might benefit from a profile system) as a high user requirement for DSSSL--it wasn't a networked stylesheet language but a processing language whose scripts would be largely custom-written for a particular site, system, application and implementation: from what I gathered they saw DSSSL as a syntax and a flow-object smorgasbord from which vendors would create products by picking the bits that fitted in with their individual markets. Presumably convergence and conformance would come under the influence of market forces. I agree that a standard with all parts mandatory is weakened by unimplemented parts. But a vocabulary is not weakened in the same way. Ironically, the excellence, price and coding of Jade will disuade other people from implementing alternate DSSSL processors; so the smorgasbord has only had one guest. Rick 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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