XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Tue Jun 22 18:30:46 BST 1999

At 07:38 AM 6/22/99 -0400, Paul Prescod wrote:
>But if you are going to pursue this "disabling the semantic web" stuff
>you'll have to show that XSL is somehow better at doing so than the DOM,
>which you seem to think is just fine.

Sure thing.  XSL provides a semantic-free vocabulary for representing
content.  The DOM just juggles tree structures.  CSS just annotates those
structures for presentation.  XSL provides a quick path from semantic
documents to semantic-free presentation that is _possible_ in DOM+CSS, but
is neither easy nor recommended.

Simon St.Laurent
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