RE: killing xslt
Thank you Michael! You're efforts over the years to develop Saxon, write the XSLT 1.0 Reference, develop and edit the XSLT 2.0 spec (and now version 2.0 of the reference) as well as, (if that wasn't enough) combine with your colleagues to train a vast majority of us on this list in the proper techniques of XSLT development is so very much appreciated in so many different ways. I can say for sure that both Peiter and I will do all that we can to ensure that Saxon runs as well on the .NET platform as it does on the Java platform (if that is at all possible) determined to maintain the innovative legacy that you have built into the processor over the years. As was followed up in response to David Pawson's post we are most definitely going to hold off on implementing Schema until such time as it makes perfect sense to do so. But first gaining your approval I feel was an important step to ensure that it wasn't a forgotten step when the time came and decision made to move forward with it. If for no other reason than respect to you for all that you have done I feel we at very least owe you the courtesy of asking for your permission even though you have technically already given it with the open source license associated with the project. Regarding your statement about involvement... I still sit and wonder sometimes how you have fit into your life the development and editing of the XSLT 2.0 specification (with the accompanied communication within the working groups communication channels), the development of your XSLT 2.0 Reference, the ongoing development of Saxon, the continual posts to the list each and every day, and, oh yeah, your DAY JOB!(as well as finding time to work on your Genealogy projects... which, by the way, I need to contact you in person at some point as I think you might be amazed to find out just how much we have in common in this area). Im sure I am echoing many other members of this list when I ask... When in the heck do you sleep?!!! Or do you? ;) .... Again, I can assure you that we have absolutely no expectations for you to get involved with this porting project beyond the occasional question that only you can answer and even then we will do our best to go down every other avenue first before asking you for answer. As time continues and we begin to reach our alpha and beta goals, ultimately reaching golden status for version 1.0 of Saxon for .NET our only hope is that we are able to receive your "blessing" on the project. I can think of no other way that will better assure others that the functionality brought over in the port of the processor has met or exceeded the spec you developed for the project. Of course we don't just expect that inherently we will get this blessing without first proving that we have accomplished this feat. But if we do prove this then this is probably the one thing we would ask you to do. And that should be quite a ways down the road anyway :) So beyond what's stated above you have no need to worry about hearing from us or hearing about any sort of petition to get you involved with this project. I think its safe to say that you have done more than enough and its about time the rest of us start picking up the slack. Im not going to let the MS trained Technical Evangelist side of me expose its ugly head (I can hear the collective sigh of relief already ;) but I do hope that other people will find opportunities in other areas of there expertise where they can begin to develop support for XSLT 2.0 related technologies based on the work that you have already created. Colin Paul Adams and his port of the Saxon code base to Eiffel and then to .NET is a perfect example of opportunities to give the development community a wider range of XSLT 2.0 tools to choose from. Alright, Ill stop there... I think you all know what'll happen if I let myself keep rambling so I will save you from the pain and suffering and cut myself off before its too late ;) You're welcome :D Thanks again for everything Michael! With the utmost respect, <M:D/> > -----Original Message----- > From: Michael Kay [mailto:mhk@xxxxxxxxx] > Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 2:41 AM > To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: RE: killing xslt > > > My reasoning for taking a cautious approach is simple. If I understand > > correctly there is going to be a commercial release of Saxon > > 7.9.x that > > will include the Schema support of the XSLT 2.0 spec. As such, out of > > respect to Michael Kay and the simple fact that this is his > > brainchild, > > his blood, his sweat, and his tears of many, many, combined years I > > think we owe it to him to get his nod of approval before > > moving forward > > with taking it to that level. > > You are welcome to do anything with the open source code that's allowed > under its license (which is almost anything, so long as the result is open > source). I'll be interested to hear how you get on, but don't expect me to > get involved. > > Michael Kay
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