MSXML for Java Questions

David Brownell david-b at
Thu Sep 9 18:27:38 BST 1999

Erik James Freed wrote:
> The other problem is that there are those who believe that this product is
> far from production worthy, and it is definitely far behind other
> XML/XSL products in keeping up with current releases of standards. To make
> matters even worse, both companies refuse to make a
> public statement in regards to any of these issues and their intentions.

Depends what you mean by "public statement".  I count leaving
major bugs as unfixed to be significant statements.  Microsoft
bundling the rather ancient MSXML into their latest version of
a Java VM _without bugfixes_ is yet another sort of statement.
(About standards and perhaps DataChannel.)

> This means that server XML/XSL and client XML/XSL de facto standards are now
> divergent. It remains to be seen what MS and or
> datachannel have up their sleeve, but right now it is kind of bleak for
> those like our company that would benefit a lot from identical
> server and client standards for XML and XSL (T)

I'd put it differently:  the XML/XSL standards are pretty clear,
but what's lacking is browser support, and there's no announced
path whereby Microsoft's browsers will conform.  There may yet
be such a path -- but folk have been asking for conformance for
some time, and not seeing it.

- Dave

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