RE: Questioning XSL
Kay Michael writes: > Arguably, the cost-benefit of using XSL versus custom processing is > greater in the 1,000 page case than in the 1,000,000 page case, > because in the latter you can afford extra development effort to > achieve better run-time performance. An interesting perspective -- in other words, you're suggesting that standardising on XSL actually becomes relatively *less* important as the scale of the project increases. That might be a reasonable consequence of the suggestion that an increase in the quantity of documentation (of the same type) leads to an increase in the benefit of standardising on XML, but not on XSL. On the other hand, with a large project (especially one that's distributed over several centres), you do have to consider the cost of maintenance; this one ends up as a split decision: 1. XSL will be easier to maintain because it is mostly declarative rather than procedural, and there is less room for obfuscation (please don't take that as a dare, though). 2. Perl (or Java, etc.) will be easier to maintain because there is a large pool of Perl developers to draw on, while XSL specialists will probably be few and expensive, at least for the next few years. All the best, David p.s. I *loved* DSSSL, and will probably learn to love XSL once I get around to learning it properly; I'm discussing the business merits here, not the technical ones. -- 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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