RE: [xsl] Speed: xsl with xml vs. html and the world

Subject: RE: [xsl] Speed: xsl with xml vs. html and the world
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 14:43:49 -0400
At 05:07 AM 8/19/2004, Mike wrote:
Converting your XML to HTML at publishing time will almost certainly give
you a performance advantage over doing it at page delivery time, provided
that your content is sufficiently stable to make this possible. It's also
simpler and likely to improve availability.

Then too, what's "publishing time" will vary, and if it's very frequent (or continuous), that might shift the balance back to transforming on request.

What M.David said about caching and the conveniences afforded by modern web servers and XML frameworks is very relevant, too (while acknowledging the truth of "simpler is better", particularly when my server is down, ehe).

Somewhat more reflectively, I have often supposed that the practicality of batch-mode publishing (which many of us do) makes it impossible to discern how much data on the web is actually being generated, at some point in its lifecycle, from XML source. It is in connection with this kind of observation that SGML (whence XML was derived) has been called (in a book by Chet Ensign) the "Billion-dollar Secret".


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