RE: hard problem
> I have a web application which fetches museum records from a > database as > XML and styles them on the fly. For an initial overview of > hits, I want > to render a set of these records as a summary list with > clickable links > to each record. When the client clicks on one of these > links, I want to > display one of these records in detail. Exactly the same XML, two > different renderings. At present I am having to use "modes" > to achieve > the desired effect, and I'm not even thinking about other different > renderings that users might quite reasonably ask for. This extension > function would be just the ticket. Hello Richard, This is exactly what modes are useful for, though posting an example of your xml/xslt would be better to suggest something more concrete. I think that you are starting to use xslt in the hazy gap between language and framework, and xslt is just a language that's good for transforming one form of xml into another....perhaps you would be better served by setting your XSLT processing within a larger framework; and continue to let XSLT do what its good at, and allow something else to be Controller of the transformation. Even deploying SAXON as a servlet will let you do something like a GET URL http://www.example.com?xml=somexmlfile.xml&xslt=somexsltfile.xslt Though I have not done this, though I have worked quite a bit with Cocoon, AxKit with great effect. Though I would suspect that even server side MSXML could be set up to provide a bit more abstraction, instead of trying to force xslt to do it all. Gl, Jim Fuller XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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