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At 01:10 25/4/02, Michael Kay wrote:
>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 fair description, but part of the reason for that is precisely 
because XSLT was a distillation of lessons learned from James's extensions 
to DSSSL in Jade.  With his element and attribute pseudo--flow-objects, no 
one really needed the full transformation language, and that was the best 
practice distilled by XSLT.  XPath was also a best-practices distillation, 
from URLs, directory navigation, TEI pointers, and CSS and other stylesheet 
languages' selectors.

There was some innovation, to be sure, but the success rate there was about 
the same as for other such ventures (for instance, the result-tree fragment 

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