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Re: XSL in the AJAX world

Subject: Re: XSL in the AJAX world
From: "Michael Dykman" <mdykman@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 11:53:54 -0400
Re:  XSL in the AJAX world
On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 11:36 AM, Nick Fitzsimons <nick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, May 13, 2008 4:19 pm, Andrew Shooner wrote:
>  > I develop websites using the XSLT-based Symphony CMS, and another user
>  > shared a comment he received that XML/XSLT was 'so 1990's'. It was
>  > suggested to him to move on to JSON-based languages/technology. My
>  > response was that it has to end up as XML in the end, so there is at
>  > least some use for it.
>  >
>  > So my question is, are there many AJAX developers on this list, and if
>  > so, how frequently, and in what capacity, do you use XSL in building or
>  > customizing AJAX web applications?
>  >
>  I use XSLT to allow the same content to be served as either XML, HTML or
>  JSON according to the client device's preference. Most JSON APIs offer
>  similar choices; how many use XSLT to achieve this goal is a different
>  question, but to my mind it's a perfect application of the technology.


I'm building an application similar to Nick's model; XML output from
the application is matched with a device profile selecting an XSL1
template. Either the a processing instruction is merged in to the XML
or it is transformed, depending on the client device's capabilities.
In an Ajax envrivoment, JavaScript has access to the same transform
engine that the browser does which I use to do apply transforms on the

If you want to see a really slick browser example with lots of modern
eye-candy, check out Blizzard's home page for Worlds of Warcraft.

 - michael dykman
 - mdykman@xxxxxxxxx

 - All models are wrong. Some models are useful.

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