ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

Didier PH Martin martind at
Mon Aug 30 14:07:04 BST 1999

Hi David,

David said:
Perhaps it's too early to judge, and HyTime and DSSSL might still
reach this point, but they have not done so yet despite the enormous
efforts that people like James Clark, Paul Prescod, Eliot Kimber, and
me have put into implementing and explaining them.

Didier answer:
You are right, a lot of people have put efforts into Jade. However, the
major flaw has been a lack of adequate documentation. Just take today, XML
and XML related technologies have several books written on the subject. Most
contain chapters about technologies like XLL or XSL not even at the
recomendation stage.

So, DSSSL suffered not from complexity but from bad packaging (the specs not
packaged in modules from the simple to the complex), lack of documentation.
We try to correct this state of fact with the OpenJade project. And as you
saw in Montreal, DSSSL can now be used for on-line rendition with the same
level of difficulties as CSS (the simple) up to quite complex rendition for
printing (the complex).

Didier PH Martin
mailto:martind at

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