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RE: [xml-dev] XML stylesheets

I agree.  It is much simpler to build up libraries 
of CSS property sets and for some applications, 
eg those that attach behaviors, the easiest game. 

Months to build a stylesheet is excessive unless 
the requirements keep perturbating.  I have seen 
organizations where combinations of political 
influence, changes of management, undiscovered 
requirements etc. make for high uncertainty. 

Again, much depends on the kind of experience 
they come to the task with as others have noted.  
Given the abundance of examples on the web, there 
are plenty of good resources to start from once 
one understands the basics.  There are a couple 
of conceptual hurdles.  I did spend some time 
working out when variables and params were to 
be applied and of course, level of support 
in the framework makes a difference.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: John E. Simpson [mailto:simpson@polaris.net]

I do agree that XSLT isn't something to be taken too lightly. OTOH someone 
else's reply on this thread suggested that a stylesheet could take months 
of work. That sounds excessive to me.

The original poster's (John L. Thoms) message, trimmed version below, 
actually didn't specify *XSLT* stylesheets, or whether he was looking 
primarily to style or to transform his contractor's documents, and I 
wondered if he could make do with CSS. Browser support (or otherwise) 
aside, I'd think styling it with CSS would be a lot simpler than 
undertaking some kind of large-scale transformation project.