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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Successes (RE: [xml-dev] W3C Culture and Aims )

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Mike Champion <mc@xegesis.org> writes:

> 4/24/2002 6:07:49 PM, "Evan Lenz" <evan@evanlenz.net> wrote:
> >Are you referring to XML 1.0? I always considered it to be a good de jure
> >codification of de facto best practices in (i.e. most common subset of)
> >SGML. In that sense, Michael's characterization seems better than "real new
> >science", let alone a joke...
> That's exactly the way I view the history, hence my post.
> 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)

The whole discussion reminds me of the famous "Once we understand how
to solve an Artificial Intelligence problem, it ceases to be AI
anymore and becomes Computer Science" observation.

I agree that XSLT is indeed a relevant case, but not surprisingly I
see it as another case of successful innovation, not just careful
synthesis of existing practice.  I would offer the iconic approach to
template rules, the XPath abstract _and_ concrete syntax and the use
of 'pull'-style result construction (e.g. xsl:for-each) as examples of
the kind of innovation which have been constitutive of XSLT's success.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2002, part-time member of W3C Team
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