Questioning XSL

Don Park donpark at
Fri May 21 19:26:24 BST 1999

I think one of the problems XSL has is that it tries to do too much, sort of
dancing all over the place, stepping on toes wholesale, and bewildering its
dancing partner into embarrassment.  At least, I often find myself
bewildered and embarrassed that I can't seem to easily grasp it (Prolog is
declarative yet easier for me to dance with than XSL).

On the other hand, XSL has features that I really like such as selection
patterns.  I have ran into many situations where I wished I could get
NodeList from selection patterns or ask SAX to notify this 'ElementHandler'
for that selection pattern.  Cool stuff.

If XSL had formal support for scripting languages, I could do without the
conditional processing stuff.  I don't mind formatting objects because I
know I will never use them.

On the whole, I dislike XSL but I want it because I need it.  Note that I am
talking about XSLT only and not the evil twin brother.


Don Park

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