In favor of separating transformation and presentation tools
I would also favor separate tools for transformation and presentation formatting. There will likely be many variations that overlap these areas to differing degrees, just as there is a spectrum of users and their needs for each. But my experience has been that where a tool bridges too many conceptual uses it suffers in several ways, especially while folks are figuring out how to use it and what to use it for. Remember that a lot of the people outside this list are still struggling to figure out how to combine the results of SQL database queries with HTML. Look at a page of ASP or CFML code and you'll see what I mean. These people are ultimately going to be the mass adopters and users of XML+XSL+CSS etc. I would also argue that one of the sweetest points of working with XML seems to be the way it eases flow of data between processes or components of a larger system. I find it helpful while working through these new ideas to be able to see the transformations discretely, and the presentation as a final step. This also fits in with the demands of emerging electronic publishing processes where content comes in from multiple sources, may go through some generic transformations into a repository, then some specific transformations to suit a particular profile, and then thorugh a set of final transformations or presentation to a particular output platform/device. Gimme some happy little components that I can watch and tune, and I'll build the next generation. Give me something big and hairy and I'm going to be struggling with it geometrically. _______________________________________________ Daniel Seltzer Arcus Incorporated 212-501-8122 dseltzer@xxxxxxxxx http://www.arcus.net XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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