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   Re: MSIE5 Beta 2 + XML

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: "Frank Boumphrey" <Bckman@ix.netcom.com>, <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 17:38:07 -0700

At 08:34 PM 10/14/98 -0400, Frank Boumphrey wrote:
>I've been hacking the beta for some time now, here's what you can expect.
>Good support for XSL,

So what.  XSL is a ***>>>FUTURE<<<***!!!  I want Microsoft and Netscape
to first buckle down and implement 100% support for the 21-month old
totally stable well-understood CSS 1 spec.  The XSL stuff is cool
but MS is running a *big* risk of people going ahead and implementing
something that may be real different from where XSL ends up next
summer.  I cannot in good conscience recommend to anyone that they
implement anything mission-critical based on XSL, and I'm one of
the world's biggest supporters of the XSL work.

>99% support for the DOM recomendation!

Unreservedly good news.

>What this means essentially is that it is now possible to display XML over
>the web.

Almost.  So close you can taste it.  But we need for NS to get their 
act together so you don't have to be browser-specific to achieve this.
And we also need these guys to take some of the time they're investing in 
standards of the future and put them into finishing the job on standards 
of the present. -Tim

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