Can someone tell me why XSL, or at least, why now? Far be it from me to denigrate all of the fine work which is done here and in the WG by people much smarter than I. And I probably just don't understand the technology well enough. But CSS2/ECMAScript seems to be a reasonably efficacious, portable client-side styling mechanism. Beyond that, I look at the excellent DOM API and think, "Wouldn't it be better to invest the XSL development effort into defining an open Flow Object API analogous to the DOM?". If it's the Scheme base of DSSSL that's the problem, then just give me a DOM and FLOM (FLow Object Model) environment, and let me use my language of choice to query, transform and style my XML. Then the W3C can go off and invent a new, special-purpose language (call it XSL), which simply exercises the existing standard object models. In the meantime, I'm getting useful server-side work done in Perl/Python/VBScript/Younameit because a thousand developers have rushed in to support DOM/FLOM. As it is my options are limited while I await the market's verdict on XSL. Your comments/flames would be appreciated. Jack Fitzpatrick ADP/Autosource Milwaukie, OR (503) 786-3114 XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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