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Re: Measuring the complexity of XSLT stylesheets

Subject: Re: Measuring the complexity of XSLT stylesheets
From: "Anthony B. Coates" <abcoates@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 20:17:50 +0100
xbrl complexity
I would suggest that this won't give you any meaningful results. The complexity of an XSLT transformation is driven by the structural/formatting differences between the input and the output formats. It is not directly related to the complexity of the schemata for the input/output formats.

The complexity of an XSLT transformation is also driven by the number of ID/IDREF "joins" that are required. So XTM scores badly on that ground, as does XBRL for a similar reason (it uses XLink to impose all structure). However, that doesn't tell you about complexity, it rather tells you about which vocabularies are nearer to XSLT's "sweet spot", and which are not.


On Sun, 17 Apr 2005 16:56:02 +0100, Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I'm writing a paper where I'm evaluating different XML vocabularies
for expressing the same information, and one of my evaluation criteria
is how easily the resulting XML can be processed with XSLT. At the
moment the paper contains only prose with a subjective appraisal of
the various approaches. This is fine, as far as it goes, but it would
be nice to have something more objective to back it up with. Are there
any established criteria for evaluating the complexity of XSLT

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