RE: xsl:stylesheet vs xsl:transform
> 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? I don't know the details of how this decision was originally made, but you can be reasonably sure that when a committee decides to allow two different ways of saying the same thing, it's because they spent a long time arguing about it and it was getting late in the day and no-one wanted to give way and there were other more important things on the agenda. Clearly the difference reflects a difference of view about the primary purpose of XSLT, whether it is primarily a transformation language or primarily a stylesheet language. Michael Kay http://www.saxonica.com/
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