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/ Adam Turoff <ziggy@panix.com> was heard to say:
| On Fri, Oct 04, 2002 at 01:08:57PM -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
|> XSL ran into several challenges, though it seemed to keep going its own
|> way regardless.  
| Looking at its current incarnation, it's difficult to see that XSL has
| successfully overcome the biggest challenges it faced.  In the early
| days, ISTR a Scheme-like syntax.

I have no recollection of a scheme-based proposal.

| It was similar in its syntax, but
| vastly different in its semantics than DSSSL.

I'd hardly describe it as vastly different today, so I'm not sure what
you mean.

| The other issue that XSL overcame was the XML-based "rule" syntax.
| XPath is *much* easier than that unfinished approach.  (All I remember
| is that it was an unfinished straw man, with lots of "this isn't quite
| finished yet" edge cases.)

I must be one of a very insignificant minority to have preferred the
original syntax. (http://nwalsh.com/docs/posters/sgml97/ for the
historically curious, though the original note must also be on the W3C
site somewhere for the really curious.)

XPath brought use QNames in content. I wish we'd never gone there.

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