The Peace Process: DOM and namespaces...
tbray at textuality.com
Wed Feb 10 23:04:56 GMT 1999
At 05:32 PM 2/10/99 -0500, Rick Ross wrote:
>This is definitely the problem, but the solution might then lie in not
>defining an intrinsic mismatch between the first official XSL spec and the
>existing XML 1.0 and DOM Level 1?
The problem won't go away. The W3C specs are built in parallel
process by a bunch of different but overlapping groups of people. A
bit of thought shows that if everything was put on hold until
everything else was finished, you get dead-lock, there are
circular dependencies. As a consequence, things lurch forward
without (so far) getting too far out of sync. There will be a stable
DOM spec that does namespaces some number of months after namespaces
was frozen. This gap is unfortunate but not IMHO avoidable.
Now that I think about it, there is a good chance that there will
be a stable DOM level 2 *before* there's a stable XSL 1.0! It's
hardly consistent to complain that unfinished-standard-A can't
be used because of the unfished state of standard-B, on which
>As was mentioned on the list the other day, XML 1.0 doesn't support
>namespaces either - and it is abundantly clear that there is huge
>controversy within the community about the namespaces in XML recommendation.
I don't buy that. There is tons of controversy on this mailing list.
All the leading implementers - I repeat, *all* the leading implementers -
in the world of XML have either already completed their namespace
implementation or will very soon. (Hint: it's not hard.)
>Perhaps it is simply too early to require namespace support in XSL at all?
>Perhaps, instead, the initial XSL spec should deliberately be designed to
>mesh well with the existing and prevailing implementations of XML and DOM.
That's a suggestion that is perfectly sane on the face of it; why
don't you make it formally to the XLS committee?
>DOM Level 2 is a Pandora's box
Really? I didn't know that.
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