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   FO Rejection (was Re: Why I dislike CSS)

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 19:06:30 -0400

At 10:30 PM 6/18/00 +0100, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>If I was a betting man, I'd lay a few pounds on XSL FO being rejected
>by the W3C membership when it is submitted to ballot, for all sorts of 
>political reasons. Which would be a great pity for those of us who
>want it and use it even now. For that reason, your XSLV suggestion
>might just be a good idea, taking the good bits of XSL FO without the 
>historical and political baggage.

Even if the W3C rejected XSL FO, would it matter?

I called for exactly that a long time ago on XSL-list, but I suspect that a
rejected XSL would just migrate someplace else that would approve it.  

It would dent its standing some, maybe keep it out of the browser market
where the W3C is taken most seriously (that might happen anyway), but I
don't know how much such a rejection would matter much.  It might even help
XSL, if such a rejection prompted a strong community response that pushed
it forward.

More interesting to me is seeing it get approved but have to battle for
full implementation, much as CSS has.  It's not clear to me that the world
is really excited about style sheet languages of any flavor.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books

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