Architectural forms

Paul Prescod paul at
Wed Jan 6 23:26:04 GMT 1999

Andrew Layman wrote:
> If I understand this, the author is saying that the kinds of mappings
> achievable with architectural forms can also be achieved with XSL.  Is that
> correct?

This is more or less correct. XSL cannot implement the architectural form
mechanism, but I believe that anything you would want to do with archforms
could also be done with XSL -- for a particular DTD/archform pair. It
would be nice if an XSL stylesheet *could* do XAF-level generic
architectural form processing.

Note, however, that architectural forms are completely declarative and can
be implemented in a highly optimized fashion. The sorts of extensions that
Microsoft has proposed for XSL (<xsl:eval>...</>) would completely destroy
those features. Architectural mapping would, in general, be as reliable
and high performance as ordinary software -- (not at all).

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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taxation is mortal. You come when you can, and leave when you must. The 
show is continuous. Good-night." -- Robertson Davies, "The Cunning Man"

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