Namespaces Not Necessarily Unrepentant Evil

Paul Prescod papresco at
Fri Aug 28 19:34:25 BST 1998

On 28 Aug 1998 matt at wrote:

> Paul, you know very well that this is generally an unsolveable
> problem.  I haven't had a chance to read the latest XSL spec, but
> unless the programatic aspects have been considerably reduced, I think
> you'll be disappointed at the end of the 3 months - no matter how
> brilliant (and Paul is brilliant) you are.  Of course, if they have
> made those changes, then you might have success in 3 months, but then
> XSL will fail for the general formatting problem.

The new XSL has no scripting. Extensibility is an item that they still
must decide upon -- scripting may reappear. I have been thinking recently
that they could leave all programmatic issues to a post proces. Then the
line between "behaviour sheets" and "style sheets" would be clear:
stylesheets do everything that can be done non-programmatically and 
behaviour sheets will do the rest.

I don't honestly know if this system will be too layered to be easy to 
use. But perhaps it will be easier to use. Anyhow, if they add scripting 
back into XSL, then I would, of course, restrict my proof to XSL 
stylesheets that do not use programmatic features. XSL goes much farther 
towards making that reasonable than DSSSL did.

 Paul Prescod

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