Subject: Re: [xsl] [xslt 2.0] Local functions|
From: "Andrew Welch" <andrew.j.welch@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:10:46 +0100
I'm presuming that many would agree that a programming language based upon an XML syntax is not pretty. However we all put up with XSLT because at the end of the day it does a damm good job with text processing despite the tedium.
I think it's actually one of XSLT's biggest strengths that it's syntax is XML - the output markup sits easily in the code, nicely indented, easy to read - looks pretty.
Do a similar bit of work with XQuery and your indentation starts becoming difficult - that's why there's a common extension to transform result tuples with XSLT. Also, there's an XML syntax for JSP because it's just much better to work with when generating markup output.
No tedium either - unless you mean literally text processing in XSLT 1.0 using recursive templates - which is tiresome now because we know how easy it is in 2.0 and going back feels such an effort...?