A weaker XSL?

Clark Evans clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Fri Feb 5 16:01:50 GMT 1999

"Matthew Sergeant (EML)" wrote:
> I guess what I should have said was "Why not use CSS then". If we're
> talking about an XSL that doesn't do transformations then it's CSS you
> should use.

I'm not suggesting that the weakend XSL woudn't do any
transformations, only that the transformations it does
be based upon a stream rather than upon an object.

If this dosn't make sence, then I'd like to hear more.

What I'd rather not see is a "single" language which 
defines XML->HTML mappings where an intermediate
form could increase reusability.  Thus, 
                   |  -> (XSL) -> HTML
                   | /
  XML -> (XTL) -> XML -> (XSL) -> XML
                   | \
                   |  -> (XSL) -> PDF?
 DOM, Server       |   SAX Client(s)
 Side Processing   |   Side Processing
 * Ordering        |   * Filtering
 * Table of        |   * Formatting
   Contents        |   * Contextual Linking?
 * Other "shared   |   * Other "individual
   and information |     preference-oriented 
   generating      |     stylistic operations"

Mathematically speaking, I'd like to see SAX as
a sufficient condition for XSL processing, where 
I'd like to see a full-blown DOM implementation
used when it is a necessary condition for XTL.

This way items like a table of contents, sorting,
and other commonly used transformations can
be seperated from the customized, style oriented

:) Clark

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