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> Joe English scripsit:
> > 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.  
> Even in a pure server environment, portability counts.

True, that.  A month or so ago I had a quick 'n dirty need for SOAP.  SOAP 
toolkits have done a lot in the past few years to make me stub my toes kicking 
boulders in frustration.  I'd run into Kafka, a toolkit writtin in XSLT (!) 
and on a lark, I tried it.  It did what I needed, mostly, and was a breeze to 
touch up to add th emissing parts.  Using Kafka is easily the least 
frustrating experience I've had with SOAP.  And it was made possible because 
even though the Kafka author is a die-hard .NETter, he used XSLT, and it was 
instantly portable to 4Suite.

That having been said, I think implementors should strive towards portability 
through cooperation rather than fiat until it is truly clear that it is time 
for Standardization (note capital "S").  And once that time comes, I think 
standards should be nicely modularized to minimize burdens on users and 

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
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