RE: The beginning of xslt?
David Carlisle wrote: >I think this misses the original intention of XML as being "SGML for >the web". The intention was for >a lighter weight version of SGML such >that documents in their original (SGML/XML form) could be served >directly over the web rather than having to "downgrade" then to html or >postscript as was common at the time (and still now:-) The question that has always bothered me is whether or not the original intention of XSL:FO was to output to a variety of clients (including web browsers, mobile phones, etc.)and not just to print? ....And that perhaps it was just a question of waiting for the browser/software vendors to build clients that could read formatting objects? It does seem a shame that for the moment that we are restricted to: a) predominantly using XSLT to transform to (X)HTML and 'downgrade' for the web b) only using XSL:FO within the paradigm of print If we look forward to the future, are we still going to be writing stylesheets that output HTML in 5 years' time, or are the W3C going to attempt to marry the potential richness of the formatting-object concept and the role that HTML currently serves to the browsing public? It still seems rather ironic to me that although IE6/Mozilla currently support client-side transformation of XML, that transform goes on to produce a HTML result which is then presumably read by the browser's HTML rendering engine before being drawn on screen. This clearly can't be optimal or indeed the way forward in the long term. Any ideas? Andy ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail and its attachments are confidential. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail message, please telephone or e-mail us immediately, delete this message from your system and do not read, copy, distribute, disclose or otherwise use this e-mail message and any attachments. Although ri3k Limited believes this e-mail and any attachments to be free of any virus or other defect which may affect your computer, it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that it is virus free and ri3k Limited does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage in any way from its use. ri3k Limited Registered in England: 10-12 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY Company Number: 3909745 XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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