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RE: [xml-dev] XML stylesheets
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Thom, John L." <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 16:56:26 -0500
1. Depends on experience. Natch. A novice really should take a
class, find examples, get a good book or visit the numerous tutorial
sites first. This isn't novice work. John E. Simpson has a good
book on XSL coming out with lots of examples some of which are quite
advanced. He also covers XSL-FO.
2. Depends on existing library. Are all elements new, for example,
can you cobble an existing stylesheet? Recommended: start collecting
examples of various templates. Harvest the XSLT maillists and other
net resources because most of the time, like a lot of code, there
are patterns of reuse.
3. Are there modality requirements? For example, do you want to
create a table of contents?
4. Tool automation would be good but I don't have much experience
with these tools yet.
The relationship of stylesheet size to DTD/Schema size is not one to one
and I don't have metrics for that. In general, a complex schema or
DTD means an even more complex stylesheet. There is of course,
no necessary relationship of stylesheet to instance size.
I can usually create a basic stylesheet in a day or less. Then
I have to go back and refine that design. It depends
on how much functionality you want to insert and how much
data filtering or reorganization you want to do.
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From: Thom, John L. [mailto:email@example.com]
I need to know a few things:
How long does it take to create a stylesheet?
Experience of person who created such a stylesheet?
What does a novice need to understand/know to create stylesheets?
Received a DTD from a contractor with about 120 elements.
Is there a relationship between number of elements, size of content to that
of the stylesheet?