XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach

Francis Norton francis at redrice.com
Tue Jun 22 23:52:50 BST 1999

I'm losing track of who is on which side in this debate, but...

"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.  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.
... how about advertising-funded info-sources as an example of data that
should be presented in as non-machine-semantic (if you'll forgive the
neoligism) a form as possible?

Until or unless we have an ethical model that allows meta-search engines
and meta-price feeds to promise to pass on the adverts as well as the
data, the survival of these handy services may depend partly on their
output have a low level of machine semantics.



Francis Norton.

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