Re: Two recommendations: (1) Call it XSLT "program" (n
"Costello, Roger L." <costello@xxxxxxxxx> writes: > Hi Folks, > > Note: In the following I am just talking about XSLT. I am not talking about XSL-FO. > > XSLT is a programming language. It is used to create programs. Personally, I never use XSLT to perform styling. When was the last time you used XSLT to set a font color or background color? I use CSS to do styling. Thus, I come to my first recommendation. > > RECOMMENDATION #1 > > When you write or talk about an XSLT document, call it a program. Don't call it a stylesheet. For example, say this: "I wrote an XSLT program to screen-scrape Yahoo Finance." Don't say this: "I wrote an XSLT stylesheet to screen-scrape Yahoo Finance." > > > It is regrettable that XSLT is an acronym standing for XML _Stylesheet_ Language Transformations. As described above, rarely (if ever) is XSLT used for styling. Thus, the acronym is completely misleading. This leads to my second recommendation. > > RECOMMENDATION #2 > > Stop treating XSLT as an acronym. It is just the name of a programming language, just as Java is the name of a programming language. > > Comments? I don't really like calling it a program. It depends on the context. How about calling one of these programs a transformation specification instead of calling it a script. XSLT is not a general purpose language. There are sometimes reasons to make a distinction between languages like XSLT and languages like Haskell, say. Kendall
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