xml/xsl and MS activeX control

Graham Moore graham.moore at dpsl.co.uk
Fri Sep 18 09:45:30 BST 1998

>  I'm using XT, but only because I wanted to learn the working draft. In my
> opinion, the proposed note that MSXSL implements is more immediately
> useful.

I would agree with that.

>  (if I had a Java development environment, I would probably have
> altered the way XT spits out the result tree)

Would you not consider this to be providing  you with more control? Beyond 
simply producing the output you require.

I guess my comments were aimed at the nature of the control and 
implementation as opposed to which XSL was being used. I find that the XT 
java approach allows the construction of scalable and  managable solutions. 
For example, its easy to pass an InputStream to XT from either a URL or a 
serialised Grove or something else. The MSXSL ctrl's COM interface is 
limited and non-extensible.

I believe that seeing how a thing works and having the ability to modify or 
extend it is a powerful thing. Consider a situation with a large XML or  XSL 
file, if the MSXSL ctrl can't handle it, it can't handle it and there's not 
alot you can do without the solution being contrived. With an open OO 
solution you have the power to solve the problem without breaking the model 
or imposing future constraints.


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