XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Tue Jun 22 17:51:12 BST 1999

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl at simonstl.com>
 >XSL in its present form is unnecessary, doing nothing new (the
>argument), and brings with it new dangers (an easy move away from the
>semantic Web).  To me, that's a pretty good case for passing on XSL.

We do not have a semantic Web anyway: at least not until there are
accepted and used controlled vocabularies installed.  And there is a
of markup even within semantically-marked-up data that can usefully be
asemantic (if that is a word) (i.e., generic markup against uncontrolled
vocabularies: labels) or even non-semantic (i.e. processing).

Transforming <person style="bold"> to <xsl:fo variation="bold"
(that is not the correct syntax, dont flame me, it is just an example)
not convert the data away from being usable on the semantic web: if
is nothing to tie "person" into some controlled vocabulary, you didn't
"semantic markup" anyway.

Rick Jelliffe

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