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> It may be hype but there is more
> implementations to choose from, it may be less sophisticated but in
> things which were looking impossible with the previous toolchain becomes
> possible like formatting on the fly upon user request. One could probably
> had done that on SGML too, but not with free software apparently. The
> sophistication trade-off have a serious impact in that area.
Yes you are right, there are more free XML tools available for parsing and
transformation than in the SGML world. However, the SGML world has its free
tools for parsing and transformation.
a) SP, OpenSP for parsing
b) DSSSL for transformation (OK not with the official DSSSL transformation
module) and rendition.
Moreover, these free tools are included in most Linux packages, doesn't it?
This is also because the Linux developers are using these tools for LinuxDoc
that DSSSL and OpenSP code have been maintained and are evolving.
Didier PH Martin