XML Client detection

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Tue Nov 2 23:56:22 GMT 1999

At 02:11 PM 11/2/99 -0800, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
>[Paul Prescod]
>>Heresy! CSS is the XML stylesheet language that's available and useful
>Unless, of course, you're using MSIE 5 with any entities (such as <), or
>any other "major browser" at all.

I enjoy the Mozilla builds, but I'll certainly admit that they aren't _yet_
a 'major browser'.

>The truth is that delivering XML to a client (other than careful XHTML) is
>still a special case, and probably will be for at least another year.

Sad but true.  I've been amazed by how incredibly slow (and/or broken)
client-side development for XML has been.

For right now, I'm still telling people to use HTML for Web delivery.  The
CLASS attribute and well-formed can be awfully handy for the conversion
down the line (of both docs and style sheets), but XML on the client is a
tantalizing fantasy for now.

Simon St.Laurent
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