A weaker XSL?

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Fri Feb 5 13:58:19 GMT 1999

"Matthew Sergeant (EML)" wrote:
>         I might have misunderstood, but what's the point of XSL in that case
> then? Why not just use perl to do s/<(\/?)catalog>/<$1table>/ ?
>         (obviously you can be more complete than this, I just wanted a
> simple example).

That's an odd question. I don't see that there are some problems that are
"too simple" for XSL. The simpler the problem, the more sense it makes to
use XSL. 

We use XSL because it is:

 * standardized
 * declarative
 * optimizable
 * can be implemented in the heart of a repository
 * has many competing implementations

We use Python because it is:

 * flexible
 * highly extensible
 * has a powerful standard library

I'm told that these are reasons also to use Perl if you can stand it.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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