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   Re: A weaker XSL?

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  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 17:07:25 -0600

Clark Evans wrote:
> Things like sorting, re-arranging, table-of-contents
> generation, etc. are really large processing instructions
> that are more along the line of *what* to process, rather
> than *how* the information should be presented. Things like
> this could be moved into XQL or some other transformation
> language, leaving XSL a more pure "style" oriented
> specification.

XSL is the dominant transformation language for XML content. As far as
standardization goes, XQL doesn't even exist.

> Thus XSL wouldn't be *generating* a table of contents,
> it would only let you choose if you want to display it,
> and if it is displayed, how it is displayed, in green
> ink or red, bold or itallic, Aa1i style or
> style, etc.

You are describing CSS. The Web community decided that we needed XSL
because CSS does NOT do sorting, re-arranging, TOC generation, cross
referencing, etc. Your "weaker XSL" already exists and is called CSS.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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