XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Tue Jun 22 21:44:31 BST 1999

"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:
> 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.  

One of the very first deliverables of the World Wide Web Consortium was a
semantic-free vocabulary called "HTML." It has been the target of terabyes
of dumbed-down information.
Here is a non-comprehensive list of technologies that have been (and will
be) involved in this dumbing-down:

 * Python
 * Perl
 * Java
 * ASP
 * JSP
 * SQL
 * Ominmark
 * Zope
 * PHP
 * Cold Fusion
 * the DOM
 * ACE
 * TCL

In fact, every single one of them claims to make this dumbing down *easy*.
Horrors! Between the W3C colluding on the one side via HTML and XHTML with
the vendors on the other side, we won't have any semantic data on the Web
ever, it seems! I hereby mourn the passing of the semantic web. We hardly
new ye! As part of my mourning period I now begin a three minute boycott
of the above technologies and a permanent boycott of threads discussing
XSL's impact on the "semantic web."

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

[Woody Allen on Hollywood in "Annie Hall"]
Annie: "It's so clean down here."
Woody: "That's because they don't throw their garbage away. They make 
        it into television shows."

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