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   RE: Procedural vs Declarative XML transformation approaches

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  • From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
  • To: 'Tim Bray' <tbray@textuality.com>, Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>,Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com
  • Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2000 11:17:59 -0800

To state the obvious, XSLT (or XSLScript) would be a swell precursor to
XPathScript in a typical web-based system, so these do not need to be
enemies.  But the bifurcation discussion is interesting.  Speaking of, is
there even a general agreement on what "declarative" and "procedural" mean
in this context?  The descision to put a tool in one bucket or the other
seems to be dangerously close to subjective and could lead to disagreements
based simply on the reasons people chose for their categorization. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com]
> Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2000 10:33 AM
> To: Matt Sergeant; Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com
> Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: Procedural vs Declarative XML transformation approaches
> At 06:05 PM 04/11/00 +0000, Matt Sergeant wrote:
> > Basically, procedural
> >code is great for data oriented XML structures, but almost 
> useless for XML
> >mixed content. For mixed content you really need declarative code. 
> Wow; a neat bifurcation of the universe.  I wish life were that
> simple.  Suffice it to say that many will disagree with this
> particular pair of broad brush strokes. -Tim


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