facts, conclusions, and exhortations re XML (long)

Clark C. Evans clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Mon Nov 22 15:21:16 GMT 1999

On Sat, 20 Nov 1999, Sean Chen wrote:
> I believe the the implementation talked about here is XQL, a precursor to
> XPath.  Nowhere has Microsoft claimed to implement XPath yet, AFAIK.  In
> fact, according to Microsoft, they are refusing to implement XSLT or XPath
> until the final recommendation, which has only just happened this week.


Surely Microsoft (the well-funded pre-release alpha software giant) has:

1. Announced (several months in advance) about their upcoming Explorer,
   detailing how it will closely follow the W3C's recommendatoins.

2. Have already provided (on their alpha site) a XSL engine compilant
   with at least one of the previous working drafts.   IBM, Sun, and
   Oracle have done this several times.  Hmm.  From my memory even 
   individuals like Keith Visco and Michael Kay have done this.  

3. Have been providing valueable comments (as a W3C member) based on
   their implementation knowledge to make sure that the standard 
   will work well for their development partners.

4. Alreay have (on their alpha site) a pre-release download of
   a stylesheet engine compliant with the October working 
   draft -- so that their development community can be assured 
   that they are developing stylesheets which will work on many 
   other platforms; not just Microsoft's products.



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