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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> Provide well-formed content in XML (not Flash or Java, please) and offer 
> one or more stylesheets that suggest a possible presentation; and you're 
> good to go.

In practice, it's not that much better than with HTML; different 
browsers support different bits of CSS, and even XSLT had a couple of 
implementation differences you can fall over last time I had much to do 
with it (a couple of years ago now, admittedly). I seem to remember the 
key ref stuff wasn't universally supported at the time, or some such.

My point being that really popular systems tend to involve a small 
number of viewer/'consumer' applications and many thousands or millions 
of producers, so the producers are ending up thinking about how the 
consumers will handle their output, rather than just publishing it and 
letting the world do with it as they will. This was how HTML went under 
commercial pressures; while HTML+CSS has helped a lot, I don't see that 
XML has done all that much to change this. Unlike HTML+CSS, XML is 
useful in situations where you have few producers and many consumers, so 
it may *appear* to have helped just by being in situations where the 
problem doesn't exist ;-)



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