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If I understood well, the XML document for the starting configuration
contains 0s and 1s for each cell isn't it? If that is the case, I can do
even better; do an xml editor to create that document.
The scenario would be:
a) An XSLT stylesheet transform (client side) an XML document containing a
default configuration. The document is derived from what you saw.
b) When users press the "edit" button, the table shows 0s and 1s that could
c) When the users press the submit button, the simulation starts
I need to find ways to get the equivalent in Mozilla of the
"contentEditable" property available in IE. This property allows editing "in
place" the XHTML content. When the user press the submit button, a script
can use the DOM to update the XML document. Then we apply the templates on
the xml document.
We will have demonstrated a lot of features about
a) Non linear systems.
b) Client side XML processing.
c) What you can do with XSLT as a development tool.
d) as soon as we have a version ported on Mozilla, a good demonstration of a
platform independent client side XML processing model; Could be useful as an
example of the possibilities. And who knows, maybe ignite some best practice
example in our community.
What do you think of that?
Didier PH Martin
From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 7:09 PM
To: Didier PH Martin
Great job! That really looks nice. Thanks.
I think that a useful parameter to the stylesheet would be one that
identifies the XML document that is to be the starting configuration. I
can implement that quickly. What other type of parameter were you
thinking of? /Roger
Didier PH Martin wrote:
> Hi Roger,
> I posted the updated "game of life" on my web site. It is now possible to
> see the evolution of the game dynamically. You can check it at:
> What could be useful now is to add parameters in the stylesheet to create
> different configurations. Just declare the parameters at the beginning of
> the stylesheet (global scope) and I'll manage to provide the front end to
> set the params in the stylesheet. Doing so, we will kill several birds at
> the same time:
> a) Show a dynamic system created with stylesheets. Up to now, most of the
> demos are static documents or do not allow several transformation through
> b) Client side transformation techniques. Most of the actual illustrated
> transformation techniques are server side not client side. Unfortunately
> mainframe ghost came back to life with the web in its present incarnation
> index.html document proves it.
> d) A team work. I am tired of reading the political bullshit that too
> frequently inhabit XML dev. Once in a while its good to see concrete stuff
> and best practice in action :-) (Again, thanks Roger for your initiative,
> and thanks to Len in advance for his intro - a bit of peer pressure Len
> and thanks in advance to anyone who wants to contribute, we will all learn
> in the process.
> You can download the files from:
> To len:
> Len, if you can write an intro, your prose is better than mine (send it to
> me via email and I will update the page and package)
> To all:
> It would be interesting if somebody else tries to port the index.html page
> to Mozilla.
> PS: for those of you curious about the code, please notice that I use
> class, it is a prototype. You can add new function or properties to
> For instance, you'll notice that I added new functions to a <div> element,
> hence expanding its property set at run time. If you are interested with
> such techniques, email me, I am organizing a webcast seminar.
> Didier PH Martin
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