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

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> 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! )

This has been done: apart from Paul's efforts, there is also Ed Willink's
NiceXSL at


The fact that there have only been three downloads in the last week gives
some clue as to the level of demand for such a beast. But by all means try
it, especially if you are one of those people who have never used XSLT
because you decided the surface syntax was too ugly. Yes, I freely admit
that such people exist.

Michael Kay


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