Associating DSSSL style sheets with documents

Paul Grosso paul at
Tue Mar 18 21:58:59 GMT 1997

> From: lee at
> Remember our dirty perl hacker and the graduate student who is supposed
> to be able to write an XMLparser in a week?  That was a big goal initially.

For what it's worth...

THe desperate perl hacker was someone trying to write a perl script to
do some basic data massaging to some marked up XML.  We never had as a
goal that someone could write an XML parser in perl.

As far as the grad student, I believe we were giving them two weeks to
write an XML parser.

Finally, let's not die on our own sword here.  The main goal is to have
XML be widely accepted.  A subgoal of that is to make it relatively
easy to write an XML parser, but it still has to be worthwhile to
write that parser in the first place, or we've lost the war.  I'm
not saying that catalogs are absolutely required for XML to work,
but I do think we need to look at the big picture, not count lines
of code, to determine the right answer.


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