Is this strategy for runtime fixed-width->xml conversi
I'm wondering about viable strategies for runtime conversion of fixed-width messages into XML (and back, I suppose). I know there are various frameworks that do this, but it occurred to me this could be done entirely with XSLT. The stylesheet would have a single template element, which would cover the entire message format (unless there are conditional pieces). The input to the stylesheet could be empty, and a single stylesheet parameter would be the "input" to the stylesheet. Each reference in the template to the input would use the "substring()" function, to pull the appropriate portion of the parameter into the element. I'm not sure exactly how the reverse direction would work, however. Is this approach at all worthwhile? What are specific problems with this idea?
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