Re: [xsl] XSLT 2.0 has arrived

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT 2.0 has arrived
From: Abel Braaksma <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 20:58:52 +0100
Mukul Gandhi wrote:

I was talking from purely theoretical perspective. i.e. a plain HTTP Web Server that offers only HTTP support.

That's interesting. Because a POST request is part of the HTTP protocol and declares an action to be taken that changes something on the server. A GET request is also part of HTTP and declares a resource to be retrieved without changing something on the server.

Even with the very earliest web daemons there was a CGI implementation so that you could handle POST request. As there is nothing even remotely standardized that says how to deal with parameters in a POST request. Later (or at the same time), GET (and HEAD and TRACE and PUT and all other messages) could be handled by a CGI handler.

And since you have all the freedom of a programmer, you can do anything you like in your CGI script (C, C++, VB, Perl, Eiffel), amongst which serving HTML pages which are a result of processing it by an XSLT engine (which you can call in the manner you seem fit for your language). Meaning: long before XSLT saw the light, you were able to serve data passed through an (not yet existing) XSLT engine.

-- Abel

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