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RE: transformations

  • From: Matt Sergeant <matt@s...>
  • To: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@m...>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 12:44:13 +0000 (GMT)

RE: transformations
On Sun, 19 Nov 2000, Joshua Allen wrote:

> This is a bit of an exaggeration.  XSL and XSLT were different activities,
> and XSLT *was* primarily directed at transformation.  XSLT attempted to
> be a general-purpose semi-structured data transformation language, and
> is still the best thing we've got (if you value standards).  XSLT/XPath
> is a nice way to *transform* semi-stuctured data; many complaints arise
> when people use XSLT as a "primary interface" into XPath.  I personally
> feel that making selectNodes() and selectSingleNode() standard parts of
> the DOM would free people from having to use XSLT where a traditional
> programming language + XPath would do better.

And select_value() too (which would automatically perform the XPath
string-value() function on the return value)... This is a very powerful
concept, which people probably know I'm a big advocate of
(c.f. XPathScript).


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