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   Re: [xml-dev] [Ann - Zvon] Templatotron

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On Mon, 11 Feb 2002, james anderson wrote:

I have not been aware of TAL till this moment.

The history of Templatotron is very simple:

A week ago I was thinking about some way how to make my XSLT prototyping 
as fast as possible and compatible with my way of thinking. 
I did a few experiments and found that implementation was very easy.

I did not research any similar approaches and so I cannot argue for their 
pluses and minuses. 

I guess that as an advantage can be considered the fact that you can 
compile a Templatotron template with any XSLT processor and you can then 
use the generated stylesheet with any XSLT enabled program including 

And of course, I consider Templatotron very natural and simple to learn 
 and after scanning  TAL spec I am still not too sure how TAL is to 
be used and so I can argue that TAL is rather over-complex.   :))

> This looks similar to TAL in the the zope page template system.
> One difference is the approach to namespaces.
> In the TAL case, a transformation is triggered simply by the presence of
> an attribute from the distinguished space. In the Templatotron case,
> it's the presence of such an element identifier.
> What was the thinking behind this decision? From reading the tutorial,
> it was not clear that this latter mechanism affords any advantage to
> counterbalance the added complexity.
> Miloslav Nic wrote:
> > 
> > Templatotron  is a simple language for template based XML processing. It
> > can be also thought of as a language designed to  save some writing in
> > XSLT stylesheets and for keeping your attention focused on the XML syntax
> > not on the XSLT one. I do  not personally mind the rather verbose XSLT
> > syntax and so in my eyes the second point is much more important but there
> > are  others who may appreciate Templatotron terseness.
> > 
> > ....
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<firstName> Miloslav </firstName>
<surname>   Nic      </surname>

<mail>    nicmila@systinet.com    </mail>
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