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Subject: How to approach the list
From: JBryant@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 13:10:24 -0500
wendell wisdom
>  Well in putting together a small example for you it,
> of course, worked perfectly.

Interesting how often that happens.

When I first started hanging around the list, Wendell Piez pointed out 
that the list's old-timers often ask people to post these small example 
problems partly because people often solve their own problems in the 
course of creating the small examples. Also, when the problem persists, a 
small but complete example of the XML source, the XSL, and the desired 
output really do a much better job of expressing the problem.

I've observed that the folks on the list are much more helpful if you 
approach problems this way. In addition to providing the information they 
need if they are going to help, presenting problems this way lets them 
know that you understand the culture of the list and that you value their 

So, presenting a small but complete example of your problem when you ask 
your question has got to be one of the best ways to ask the list for help.

So much for my shot at passing on Wendell's Wisdom (TM ;-).

Jay Bryant
Bryant Communication Services
(presently consulting at Synergistic Solution Technologies)

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