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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
From: Tom Moertel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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?