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- From: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XML Dev <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:55:46 -0400
Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> This may be the result of my background in Web development, rather than
> SGML, but I can't see what's so intrinsically interesting about using a
> transformative rather than a descriptive style language that it rates a
> competing spec and has many people (notably Peter Flynn on XML-L a while
> back) waiting for XSL rather than working with CSS now.
Well, I think XSL should probably be split into two parts (and the
current state of the spec suggests that it has been, de facto):
the transformation language, which is useful in contexts having
nothing to do with styling, and an XML encoding of CSSn, for n >= 2.
For example, CSS2 alone cannot take a document with TITLE elements
in various divisions and generate a properly numbered and indented
TOC at the beginning of the document. XSL, IIRC, can do that
by processing the tree twice.
OTOH, I see no reason why XSL should specify formatting objects
that are other than those of CSS. A standard way to encode the
CSS language as XML, so that the transformation language can
generate it, would do all that is necessary.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
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