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> Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> > <broken-record>This mentality is everything that is wrong with XML
> development today</broken-record>
Erik Bruchez wrote:
> That was an insightful comment: thanks, Dare! No seriously, I should
> be proud to have a mentality that impersonates "everything that is
> wrong with XML development today". Just do the opposite, and you'll
> get XML development just right, right?
I have to agree with Dare here. Premature standardization
with little-to-no implementation experience has led to
some really awful standards, and a lot of the things being
made into Official W3C Recommendations don't really need to
be standardized in the first place, or at least not yet!
XQuery is IMO a good example of this.
Since the idea of client-side XSLT is pretty much dead in
the water, a good case can be made that it doesn't need a
single standard either. We might be better off with multiple
competing implementations, each with its own unique feature
set. Stylesheets might not be portable amongst different
processors, but you only use one processor at a time anyway!
Freeing XSLT's evolution from the W3C process would allow more
room for experimentation and innovation. It would also provide
an opportunity to see which ideas are worth keeping and which
can be discarded, and then throwing the latter away!
(Boy, I sure am using a lot of exclamation points today!)