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Re: xsl:stylesheet vs xsl:transform

Subject: Re: xsl:stylesheet vs xsl:transform
From: Alex Milowski <alexml@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 16:29:42 -0700
xsl identical transform
On May 10, 2005, at 9:39 AM, Mukul Gandhi wrote:

I have a question..

The XSLT spec says (both 1.0 and 2.0) that
xsl:stylesheet and xsl:transform are 100% identical.
Everything that applies to xsl:stylesheet is exactly
identical to that applies to xsl:transform .. What is
the reason for keeping two syntaxes for the same
purpose? Is there some technical reason for this, or
there is some other reason?

There was a sentiment that there needed to be a way to differentiate between something that was used to "render" a document (i.e. a stylesheet) verses something that transforms a document into other XML. It isn't enough to look at the output method because certain vocabularies (e.g. XSL FO) are XML output.

Many browsers will render the HTML results of an [xsl:]stylesheet
while they will not for one that starts with [xsl:]transform

-- Alex Milowski

"The excellence of grammar as a guide is proportional to the paucity of the
inflexions, i.e. to the degree of analysis effected by the language

Bertrand Russell in a footnote of Principles of Mathematics

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