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RE: xslt and fuzzy logic

Subject: RE: xslt and fuzzy logic
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 15:01:17 -0500
template driven logic

I thought all your remarks were very interesting.

In particular,

At 05:40 AM 1/25/02, you wrote:
For example I
made [an XML-based specification language] for some of the content writers, designers at our place, so that
they could generate most of the templates for a new project, the girl using
it most of the time, ended up by learning how to write the xslt it output
anyway, by sitting beside me for a couple of days.

I think this is telling. Notwithstanding the difficulty many newcomers have with template-driven logic (due I think in no small part to bad instructional literature), it's actually not hard to learn at all, and can be quite accessible to "non-programmers". Of course, it could be that your "girl" just happens to be a genius (it's happened before).

We have nothing but anecdotal evidence for this; but experience does indicate that when used for the tasks for which it was designed, XSLT really is pretty darned easy. The only thing hard is writing gnarly XPaths; but some people think even that's fun.

XSLT is especially easy if the source data is designed well (thus obviating most of the need for gnarly XPaths). Which suggests that much of the reason XSLT is "hard" is that people just don't know how to design good XML.


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