Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful
Hi Simon. I appreciate that your documents are of a simple form, and are in fact documents. So the simple solution is as you point out is don't transform. You must however be aware that rendering from simple documents is the smallest portion of the challenges that face the Web designer and developer, whether constructing the framework for a large website or web app, or aggregating data for delivery as a document. It has been said many times in the past, that XSL is not seeking to replace CSS (or indeed XHTML), but is being designed to meet the needs of problem domains for which XHTML+CSS are not up to the task for. These domains are not just specialist printing requirements, but any large complex and interactive Web presentation. In short, nobody is forcing you to use XSL, you already have XML+CSS. And correspondingly, please don't try and insist that XML+CSS are enough for my needs :) Cheers Guy. xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on 04/28/99 04:50:30 PM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx cc: (bcc: Guy Murphy/UK/MAID) Subject: Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful [SNIP] I have no interest in converting my XML documents to HTML for transmission over the Web. While I'll do it for as long as is necessary to support old browsers, transformation for the sake of transformation isn't my idea of smart processing. Annotation is quite adequate for the relatively straightforward documents I create, and doesn't make the same processing demands. If I have XML documents and a CSS style sheet for presenting them, I'd really rather not go to the trouble of ramming them through an extra level of transformation to turn them into junk (aka HTML or FOs.) [SNIP] XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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