[XSL-LIST Mailing List Archive Home] [By Thread] [By Date] [Recent Entries] [Reply To This Message]

Re: `High-level' format specifications with XSL?

Subject: Re: `High-level' format specifications with XSL?
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 13:40:44 -0500
latex sty
Paul Grosso wrote:
> XML is the high-level markup--which is far from "just like LaTeX," but
> this is a better parallel in your case than XSL.  XSL is more like a LaTeX
> .sty file where you get to say just what things look like.  And if you've
> written a few LaTeX .sty files, you know you have to "think about it."

But Kai doesn't want to write the equivalent of a .sty file. He wants to
style his XML document in terms of LaTeX-like objects, instead of TeX-like
objects. Note that the choice of abstraction chosen in XSL and DSSSL is in
a certain sense arbitrary: it was a mixture of:

 * what the editors thought could be portably implemented
 * what they thought would be easy to use
 * what they thought would be efficient

Kai is saying that for his needs, the choices made are not appropriate. I
believe that this will be a common complaint, and I believe that it should
be corrected by allowing flow objects to be built out of flow objects, as
LaTeX macros are built out of other LaTeX macros.
> In other words, the whole point of a stylesheet is to be able to specify
> what "good-looking output" should look like in your opinion.  You (or
> whoever writes a stylesheet) *has* to think about it.  If you don't want
> to think about it yourself, you don't want to write a stylesheet.

That is not true. Writing a stylesheet is a necessary precondition of
getting a reasonable printed rendition out of an XML document. That's all
he wants. He doesn't want to become a style designer. He just wants to
print his document out!
 Paul Prescod  - http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco

Three things trust above all else: Your knowledge of your craft
That someone turns a profit, and that you will get the shaft

 XSL-List info and archive:  http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list

Current Thread


Purchasing Stylus Studio from our online shop is Easy, Secure and Value Priced!

Buy Stylus Studio Now

Download The World's Best XML IDE!

Accelerate XML development with our award-winning XML IDE - Download a free trial today!

Don't miss another message! Subscribe to this list today.
First Name
Last Name
Subscribe in XML format
RSS 2.0
Atom 0.3
Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Trademarks
Free Stylus Studio XML Training:
W3C Member
Stylus Studio® and DataDirect XQuery ™are products from DataDirect Technologies, is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation, in the U.S. and other countries. © 2004-2013 All Rights Reserved.