RE: Questioning XSL
At 22 May 1999 21:18 -0400, David Megginson wrote: > Charles Reitzel writes: > > The same argument applies, of course, to XML, SGML, TCP/IP or any > > standard. The need for standards is inversely proportional to the > > scale of the job. > > Not exactly -- the benefit of standardising the document format (XML, > SGML, etc.) is directly proportional to the amount of documentation, Since we're inventing equations, surely the benefit is proportional to the amount of documentation to the power of the number of different output formats or other uses you generate from the document format. > while the benefit of standardising the processing methods is > proportional only to the number of processing tasks. That means that, > for typical enterprise systems, there is a very big bang from choosing > a standard document format like XML, but only a small pop from > choosing a standard processing format like XSL. It seems to me that the processing benefit depends on how much you do with the document format. See previous equation. If you can do multiple things with one processing format, you get an exponential increase in benefit. If you need multiple document formats or multiple processing formats, you get a linear increase in benefit for multiple outputs. What a way to spend Saturday night: making up formulas of dubious merit! Regards, Tony Graham ====================================================================== Tony Graham mailto:tgraham@m... Mulberry Technologies, Inc. http://www.mulberrytech.com 17 West Jefferson Street Direct Phone: 301/315-9632 Suite 207 Phone: 301/315-9631 Rockville, MD 20850 Fax: 301/315-8285 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Mulberry Technologies: A Consultancy Specializing in SGML and XML ====================================================================== 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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