RE: The beginning of xslt?
> I really take issue with the use of 'style' in the name of > XSLT. It's not > about style, it would seem. It seems more about structure. > It's essentially a > means of restructuring a document. This isn't style. I've never, as a > designer, needed to specify a wholesale alteration of > structure, as part of a style sheet. I share your view that transformation and styling are technically quite separate from each other, and that there is very little logic in the fact that XSLT and XSL-FO have similar names and emanate from the same W3C working group. It's historic: James Clark and others decided quite rightly that the required functionality could be divided into two quite cleanly separated parts, and the only thing they now share is a common ancestry and a common community of developers and users. You say that you have never needed "to specify a wholesale alteration of structure, as part of a style sheet". That must mean that the source documents you are working with are isomorphic with the target documents you want to produce. It's clear from this list that the challenging XSLT problems come when this isn't the case, for example when data has to be rearranged, summarised, grouped, merged, and sorted. Michael Kay XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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