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   RE: [xml-dev] XSLT and nuts-and-bolts (follow-up)

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It think the mantra "It Must Be Easy" 
pervades a lot of web projects without 
respect to the actual problems to be 
solved or the required skills.  It 
is part of the view that the web is a 
egalitarian society instead of a distributed 
computing system.  So, we solve the wrong 
problems in the wrong contexts.   

DSSSL is not easy.  The tools required to make it 
easy did not appear quick enough to 
offset the illusions about Internet Time, 
and worse, who should control web technologies.  
Note that XSL-FO is still not ubiquitous and  
the creators of DSSSL and XSLT overlapped 
considerably. I think they did a good job 
and what you are saying is that they need 
to keep doing it, perhaps adding some power 
tools to the spec.

That said, XSLT is good for a lot of the 
jobs as you note but not raw text processing 


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Moertel [mailto:tom-lists-xml-dev@moertel.com]

I'd be interested to know how criticisms of DSSSL influenced the design of
XSLT 1.0.  Did people think that DSSSL required too much programming?


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