Re: Rescuing XSLT from Niche Status
| I think that this is defeating the message that was being relayed by the | paper. The idea was to leverage currently accessible and widely used | structures like HTML to learn XSLT. However, if you were to cut things down | to the <HTML></HTML> stuff given in the example, people are going to learn | this and then have a problem unlearning it in order to use multiple | templates. Yes, starting out with the outer XSLT stuff might be more | cumbersome, it's only slightly moreso and will definitely be more beneficial | than a method of oversimplification like the <HTML></HTML> stuff. I agree you need to enable that smooth transition from single template to multiple templates. I offer a cut at explaining the "Single Template" stylesheet and why its worthwhile to move on from that to the multiple template stylesheets in Chapter 7 of my book that is about XSLT basics. It's available for free reading on O'Reilly's web site in HTML or PDF formats. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/orxmlapp/chapter/index.html In my opinion, it's all about understanding *why* you should apply a technique, as opposed to learning by rote that "you do it this way, just because..." ______________________________________________________________ Steve Muench, Lead XML Evangelist & Consulting Product Manager BC4J & XSQL Servlet Development Teams, Oracle Rep to XSL WG Author "Building Oracle XML Applications", O'Reilly http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/orxmlapp/ XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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