XSL/ECMAscript (was RE: Frontier as a scalable XML repository (was Re: Is XML dead already or what?))

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Sun Jan 31 14:32:44 GMT 1999

At 02:02 PM 1/31/99 +0000, Mark Birbeck wrote:
>This makes your case weaker Dave, I'm afraid, if you enlist Paul's
>'insights'. Part of his site seems ill-informed to me - criticising XSL
>for using a 'renamed JavaScript, called ECMCAScript', as if it was XSL
>that renamed it!! - and part of it sort of misses the point about what
>is so exciting about storing documents as XML.
>[...much about XSL and ECMAScript...]

This thread(s) has proven more capable of shifting subjects than any I've
seen in a while - now we have someone on the list debating the ideas of
someone it's not even clear is on the list, about something that's been
fought over a few thousand times on the XSL mailing list.  (And I'm saying
this as a long-time thread abuser. Apologies for the crazy-long subject

I think at this point most folks who've encountered those discussions are
willing to acknowledge that reasonable people can disagree, even violently,
about most anything involving XSL, especially ECMAScript and even the need
for XSL, without it being a stain on the other ideas they support.  

These are hotly contested issues - though some people on all sides may
firmly believe themselves to be taking the 'right' approach, I don't think
opinions on XSL should be used to disqualify someone's opinions about other
aspects of XML processing.

Simon St.Laurent
XML: A Primer / Building XML Applications (March)
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