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   Re: Visual Transformations: Bread and Butter Transformations?

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  • From: Dan Vint <dvint@slip.net>
  • To: Jonathan.Robie@SoftwareAG-USA.com (Jonathan Robie)
  • Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 13:59:48 -0800 (PST)

> Many people seem to want visual tools for defining XML<->XML 
> transformations. I am exploring such tools, and trying to decide which use 
> cases I should pick to evaluate them.

I've run into two types so far. Whitehall has a product that is specifically
tailored for the XML to HTML transition, while Excelon Stylus is the more
generic support all of XSLT functionality and let the user decide what the
output should be.


> IMHO, one tool for all possible transformations seems an unlikely dream. I 
> suspect that there are probably classes of transformations that are the 
> bread and butter transformations used in particular domains. What would be 
> a good way to identify a set of such domains and the transformations 
> generally used in them?
> For instance, where can I find sets of XSLT stylesheets typically used in 
> real-world applications for a particular domain? DTDs and schemas for 
> domains seem to be widely available, but getting a broad sample of 
> stylesheets has been more difficult. For instance, Robin Cover's sample 
> stylesheets (http://www.oasis-open.org/cover/xsl.html#examples) don't 
> include much of this. I couldn't quickly find libraries of stylesheets on 
> either Biztalk.org or XML.com.
> Any thoughts?
> Jonathan


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