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  • From: "Mark D. Anderson" <mda@discerning.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 09:28:54 -0800

related to the "where are we" thread, i'm wondering if there
is enough in xml/xsl/dom to have a web page where a user can
click on their desired appearance, and the page re-arranges, suppresses
undesired content, and perhaps changes style?
all on the client side? (i mean in theory based on specs).

furthermore, could the xml have links inside, and based on the 
chosen style, the UA would decide to load and embed (or not)
the linked-to resources?

this capability roughly happens all the time on web sites 
(user "personalization"), but it isn't interactive on the page,
and requires a roundtrip to the server every time to go fetch
some pre-formatted html.

i've read the 3 specifications, but i'm still at a loss how
this (to me) relatively simple application could be built.

if there is an example somewhere that shows this, just point me
at it. i realize the real-world client-side implementations are quite
there yet (does ie5 have enough?), but i'm unclear even how
we are *supposed* to tie these things together, particularly
when my xml documents will typically be split into several
underlying files, none of which will have a specified style sheet.
and do i have to wait for action/behavior sheets before there
is an easy way to combine my scripting of the DOM with xsl?



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