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Re: [xml-dev] XML stylesheets
- From: "B. Tommie Usdin" <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 10:31:07 -0400
At 2:52 PM -0700 9/17/01, Thom, John L. wrote:
>How long does it take to create a stylesheet?
What a difficult question! The only reliable answer is: It Depends.
Among the things that affect time to create a stylesheet (from least to most important) are:
- size of the DTD (not just number of elements; attributes that
affect processing also count)
- complexity of the DTD
- complexity of the desired transformation
- do you want a stylesheet to style the data in it's current
- do you want to create input files for another application,
and if so, how complex are they?
- how much re-arrangement, consolidation, computation, and
other folding like a pretzel do you want to do?
- quality of the specification: how well do you know what
you want the stylesheet to do? (And do you have either
a written specification or a sample of what the result
should be? Preferably both!)
- stability of the specification: how often will it change
during stylesheet development
>Experience of person who created such a stylesheet?
Of course experience matters, just like with any other programming language. And experience with non-procedural languages is key; programmers with a lot of experience with procedural languages may have a very hard time learning to work with XSLT (as opposed to fighting it).
>What does a novice need to understand/know to create stylesheets?
Another difficult question! The only reliable answer is: It Depends. In this case it largely depends on the complexity of the transformation and the quality of the specification.
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