DOM Level 1 Proposed Recommendation

Frank Boumphrey bckman at
Wed Aug 19 06:00:12 BST 1998

Don wrote:

>What a great day, eh?  <g>

Well, I'll call it a bitter-sweet day.

The DOM proposal exceeds my expectations, on first read I think it's great!

The XSL proposal (on first, second, and third read!) is rather
disappointing, but perhaps it will grow on me.

Whereas I see the DOM  being rapidly implemented, I can't say the same thing
about the XSL spec. I really don't see that many people will use it in
preference to CSS or DSSSL. It's transformation functions can be done just
as well with PERL. (and perhaps PERL is easier to learn!)

I hope I'm wrong!

I wonder how many books on XSL will be on the shelves 6 months from now!
Will Joe Hacker want to learn it? Or will he invest his energies else where!

Possibly if a simple implementation like MSXSL.EXE is quickly forthcoming
(and I havn't looked at James Clarke's app. yet ) it will take off.

Time will tell.

On the bright side I predict a rapid implementation of the DOM. I know that
I am going to start writing about it tomorrow!


Frank Boumphrey

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-----Original Message-----
From: Don Park <donpark at>
To: <xml-dev at>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 1998 8:40 PM
Subject: Fw: DOM Level 1 Proposed Recommendation

>If you are celebrating the release of the new XSL spec, here is another
>cause for celebration.
>What a great day, eh?  <g>
>Don Park
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Arnaud Le Hors <lehors at>
>To: www-dom at <www-dom at>
>Date: Tuesday, August 18, 1998 4:02 PM
>Subject: DOM Level 1 Proposed Recommendation

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