Weighing in on XSL / Standards

Kay Michael Michael.Kay at icl.com
Tue May 25 11:35:49 BST 1999

> Gak, what a thought.  Can we really use tools that differ by
> a complexity of 100 from other tools?  Consider the idea of
> a programming language 100 times simpler than C, or 100 times
> more complex than Standard C++.  Can the mind really grasp
> such a thing?

Remember PL/I? (My mind couldn't grasp it, but I guess others could).

The SQL 1986 standard was 104 pages long. The 1992 standard was 607 pages. I
don't have a final copy of SQL3 but my draft copy (a couple of years old) is
1270 pages.

What's the ratio for XML:SGML?

Mike Kay

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