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> XSLT is another interesting case ... one could hypothesize
> that its success stems in part
> from the fact that it is "a DSSSL subset with angle brackets"
> (at least that's how it was
> explained to me in about 1998).
I think there's another reason as well: I wasn't involved with XSLT at the
time, but my impression has always been that the original WG worked in a
rather different way from most standards groups. I may be simplifying, but
it operated, as far as I can tell, with one person (James Clark) as the
acknowledged chief designer, and the rest of the group acting primarily in a
supporting role. That's a good model for achieving high quality and high
productivity, but the organizational structures we use don't encourage it.