XSL Debate, Leventhal responds to Stephen Deach

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Wed Jun 23 15:41:03 BST 1999

"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:
> First, we're not even talking about 'vanilla XML' here - we're talking
> primarily about XSL FOs.  Technically, it's XML, but it's scrubbed down to
> be without semantic content in the markup.

Or rather, the semantics in the markup relate only to presentation.

> If companies are concerned about information reuse, they should look into
> other mechanisms for limiting redistribution, including the simple step of
> putting a group of copyright lawyers on retainer.  There are other ways to
> solve these problems that don't involve keeping the Web as dumb as possible.

Even for large organizations which can afford a fleet of lawyers,
it's a lot more cost-effective to avoid creating the problem in
the first place.  If the first lawyer you talk to doesn't point
that out, you'd need to replace him/her ...

- Dave

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