Re: How Can I Reference previous XML in Subsequent It
I'll have to digest it a bit later on, but this sure beats the sound of crickets chirping I've had on other forums.
Someone posted in another thread that "XSLT is dead," but I think that it is really just not being explained/evangelized well enough (which is what is making XML in general such a tough sell). People like me, who have a solid background in computer science, aren't very common. I can hunt down information and sort through chaff, but your average Web designer can't do this as easily. It can take them years to build up a reference schema, so to speak, and XML/XSL is presented as a completely new "paradigm," with no connection to their known schema. As has been pointed out, the thinking needs to be different. XSLT starts with the assumption that the learner has a fairly solid understanding of XML first (especially namespaces -Excedrin Headache #2), which is a brick wall barrier to many people who would otherwise enthusiastically embrace the advantages of XSLT.
I'm no XSLT expert, but I have already developed a site that does automatic transforms for WML 1, WML 2 or XHTML, depending upon the user agent. When I show this to people who do regular Web sites, their jaws drop. They would LOVE to be able to do it. However, when I start explaining how I do it, they get all googly-eyed and start snoring.
The problem is to bring XML to the Proletariat. Not sure how this is best handled. W3schools has a fairly good tutorial, but even that is fairly light on the "big picture."
On Apr 18, 2007, at 12:22 PM, Abel Braaksma wrote:
Chris M. wrote:Well, here we have a node-set, not the layout in the original XML. In this case, it is the same, and crucial to the output.
chris at getridofthiswholelongthingybecauseitstoconfusescrapers littlegreenviper dot com
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