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   Re: [xml-dev] XSLT vs. CSS (Re: Indexing)

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Simon St.Laurent said:
> At 11:06 PM 7/8/2003 +0200, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
>>I like to use (and use to teach) both in conjunction and end up by
>>seeing them as more complementary than overlaping.
> I find that people who know CSS to start with - especially if they
> learned  it with HTML -  find XSLT to be from a different planet
> entirely.

Yes, that's why they can be seen as complementary.

> "Why are  XSLT transforms called 'stylesheets'?" is a pretty
> ordinary question.

Yes, that's confusing. I prefer to speak of XSLT transformations than
>>XSLT is good at defining the structure of what you want to present and
>>CSS at defining how the result of your XSLT transformation is
>>presented. That being said, I don't know if it's because of XSLT but I
>>also deplore the level of support of CSS in browsers (especially IE)!
> I find XSLT unnecessary in about 90% of the presentation work I do.

Probably.. But it becomes a killer app the day you need to consolidate
information from different documents in a single page.
> I
> suspect most Web developers find it unnecessary in about 98% of their
> work.

I guess that depends what you mean by web developers. Those working more
on the web design side probably don't need XSLT. Just like those working
more on the content management side probably don't need CSS...
> I also find XSLT to have been a convenient excuse for certain
> vendors to ignore improving the level of support of CSS in their
> browsers  and in their other tools.

Yes. I personnaly find the support of CSS to be more important in web
browsers than the support of XSLT.

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