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At 2003-08-26 13:45 +0200, Marcus Andersson wrote:
>I'm building some sort of XML editor (yet another one).
>I would prefer doing this with XSLT
The syntax of an XML document is important to humans but irrelevant to XML
processors provided the syntax is well-formed. XSLT assumes the downstream
consumer of the result of transformation is a processor, so many syntactic
issues of transformation are out of the hands of the stylesheet
writer. XPath, upon which XSLT performs its work, is an abstraction of the
information found in an XML document, not an abstraction of the syntax used
in an XML document.
If you are planning to edit XML at a syntactic level and provide such
features as "input syntax preservation", then you will have to utilize an
abstraction that preserves syntactic issues of an XML document, so you will
not be able to use XPath or XSLT as the basis of your work.
The DOM provides more information about syntax than does XPath. Whether
you can build all that you need on standard DOM or whether you will have to
extend it with further functionality to preserve the kinds of information
not preserved by DOM will be up to you.
I hope this helps.
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