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> > No, I don't think that's a fair characterization at all.
> The size of the
> > task is no larger than that tackled by XSLT 1.0, which was
> produced in 18
> > months, and which involved at least as much innovation.
> XSLT had DSSSL (part 2) as prior art, plus feedback from
> DSSSL early adopters. (DSSSL took *years* to get out of
And XQuery had OQL, XQL, etc etc. The prior art in database query languages
is *far* greater than in markup transformation languages: in fact, that
might be part of the problem!