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Re: Fixing what's broke

  • From: Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@gmail.com>
  • To: Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 08:21:41 -0800

Re:  Fixing what's broke
> For example, the identity transform looks like this:
>
> ;; The XSLT identity transformation
> (lx:namespace ((#f "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"))
>  (stylesheet version: 1.0
>    (template match: "node()|@*"
>      (copy
>        (apply-templates select: "@*|node()")))))
>
> This would be hideous for document-centric markup, but is excellent for those cases -- XSLT is a fine example -- where there's more markup than text.  It becomes valuable simply because you can see more of the content on the screen at once.



Excuse me?

The only thing that is seen at once is the large number of closing
brackets and that it is impossible to say if this is syntactically
correct at all (how much time should I spend counting  left and right
brakets?

This is a very good example why unrestricted </> shouldn't be allowed.



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On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 4:50 AM, Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk> wrote:
>
> Greetings,
>
> On 2010 Dec 12, at 00:52, Max Toro wrote:
>
>> If you need a more condensed format for data-centric documents why not
>> use a different representation, like JSON, which you can transform to
>> XML if you like to process with XML-aware tools. Or, if you want to
>> stick with XML you can use attributes.
>
> This seems a good point at which to chip in a link to a long-term hobby project of mine: http://nxg.me.uk/dist/lx/
>
> Lx defines a much-compressed syntax for XML, which is still XML in the sense that parsing it produces a sequence of (Java) SAX events.
>
> For example, the identity transform looks like this:
>
> ;; The XSLT identity transformation
> (lx:namespace ((#f "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"))
>  (stylesheet version: 1.0
>    (template match: "node()|@*"
>      (copy
>        (apply-templates select: "@*|node()")))))
>
> This would be hideous for document-centric markup, but is excellent for those cases -- XSLT is a fine example -- where there's more markup than text.  It becomes valuable simply because you can see more of the content on the screen at once.
>
> For what it's worth, I think that permitting </> would be a mistake.  It's a step in the same (useful) direction as this, but is too half-hearted to be worth bothering about.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Norman
>
>
> --
> Norman Gray  :  http://nxg.me.uk
>
>
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