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Subject: <xsl:script> and <xsl:eval>
From: Duane Nickull <webmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 12:27:40 -0700
xsl cgi
G'day all:

I was going to post this as a reply to a previous thread but decided
that it probably merits it's own discussion.

We have been working almost exclusively on using the MS-XSL included in
IE 5.0 and have found both <xsl:script> and <xsl:eval> to be *VERY*
useful in the ability to manipulate data.  There are several specific
problems which they seem ideally suited to handle.

Becuase it's not part of the official draft and the xsl draft has been
labeled "feature complete", I am personally a bit leary of hedging too
far into the use of these tags until some further clarification is
taken.

<personal view>
These tags should be immediately included into the next w3.org draft. 
The usefulness and familiarity they offer will IMO greatly speed up the
implimentation of XML/XSL application onto the web.
</personal view>

We have also found Perl to be ideal for handling SSI's with respect to
generating, transforming and processing XML.  It's ability to interpret
and manipulate  text strings make Perl/XML a marriage made in heaven. 
It would be nice to see a future 

<xsl:cgi>
 <xsl:attribute name="href">
    <xsl:value-of select="product_link"/>
 </xsl:attribute>
 <xsl:attribute name="method">
    <xsl:value-of select="CGI-METHOD"/>
 </xsl:attribute>
... some input fields
</xsl:cgi>

or something like this as part of the official draft.

Comments?

Duane Nickull


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