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  • From: "Simon North" <north@Synopsys.COM>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 14:52:27 +0001

For anyone who hasn't noticed, the preview 2 release of IE5 was put 
on the public servers yesterday (it had been placed there last Friday 
but was pulled shortly afterwards). Today, Microsoft appear to have 
put updated documentation on the SBN web pages. 

The new release doesn't seem to support the style part of XSL, only 
the transformation part (but it does seem to be nearly 100% 
compliant, or at least as far as I've had time to check). It will, 
for example, choke on process-children (unless someone else has 
got it to work). 

I have managed to get it to work with simple files such as 

The XML file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml:stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="ietest.xsl"?>

    <title>Pierre: The Ambiguities</title>
    <author>Herman Melville</author>
    <title>Heart of Darkness</title>
    <author>Joseph Conrad</author>
    <author>Sinclair Lewis</author>
    <title>Oedipus Rex</title>
    <title>The Secret Sharer and Other Stories</title>
    <author>Joseph Conrad</author>
    <title>The Republic</title>
    <title>The Republic</title>
    <author>William James</author>

and the XSL file:

<DIV xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xsl">
<TABLE style="table-layout:fixed" BORDER="2" CELLSPACING="2">
  <col width="300"/>
  <col width="300"/>
  <col width="100"/>
  <xsl:for-each select="books/book">
    <TD><SPAN><xsl:value-of select="title"/></SPAN></TD>
    <TD><SPAN><xsl:value-of select="author"/></SPAN></TD>
    <TD><SPAN><xsl:value-of select="price"/></SPAN></TD>

(I quickly hacked these files from the sources available on the SBN 

Without a style sheet, it shows a 'raw' XML tree that you can expand 
and contract. The DSO and data island mechanisms appear to be intact 
(bar a few minor changes). 

It also appears to correctly parse and validate XML code against a 
DTD; the DTD display is suppressed. 

I'm now going to tackle XLink and XPointer, although I suspect I know 
what the results will be. 


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