XSL and the semantic web

Marcelo Cantos marcelo at mds.rmit.edu.au
Tue Jun 22 03:53:23 BST 1999

On Mon, Jun 21, 1999 at 08:06:42PM -0400, Paul Prescod wrote:
> Marc.McDonald at Design-Intelligence.com wrote:
> > 
> > FO's force you to reconstruct your elements as formatting objects which lose
> > all contextual information from the original (both nesting and element
> > identification). In this way it is like translating to HTML (which was the
> > example).
> That is absolutely not true. If the transformation is done on the client
> side then *no information is lost* in the transformation because the
> original document is still available and can be referenced through the
> result document. The result document is just a view -- it can't destroy
> the original information any more than a database view could.

But haven't you been arguing for providing FO's _at_the_server_?  If
you are suggesting transforming at the client, then you are
_favouring_ the semantic web!  I am really confused now.



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