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   Re: [xml-dev] XSLT syntax (was: Re: What niche is XQuery targeting?)

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On Wed, 8 Dec 2004 19:10:15 -0500 (EST), Vladimir Gapeyev
<vgapeyev@seas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> (3) The pressure on W3C is nowhere to come from: the overwhelming majority
> of XML programmers couldn't care less.

I see it a bit differently: This just isn't what W3C should be doing. 
The W3C and the big software companies SHOULD in my opinion be
focusing on getting the core specs to work well and cohesively; this
type of innovation should come from outside the system.  If it fails,
no big loss ... if it succeeds, somebody is sure to latch onto it.
There is little in the way of existing practice to standardize, so a
W3C WG would be doing design by committee (which seldom works) rather
than reorganzing, renaming, and nitpicking by committee (which is what
committees do well).

That's not to throw cold water on the idea: To paraphrase Alan Kay,
rather than try to predict when W3C will do such a thing, invent it: 
propose a non-XML syntax for some subset of XSLT; prototype it
yourself, start a mailing list to discuss it (you can bootstrap it
here), whatever.  Look at similar ideas such as XSLScript
http://www.pault.com/XSLScript/  (Come back, Paul T, we miss you, all
is forgiven! )


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