Re: [xsl] XSLT 2 processors

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT 2 processors
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:12:57 -0500

The publishing industry in general and at large is very loosely organized.

Authors interchange data with editors (sadly, not much in XML, yet), editorial groups among themselves and with production, production with various distribution and syndication channels, all the above with contractors and subcontractors for operations including conversion and formatting, and finally everyone wants to get in with the aggregators, indexing services, archives and libraries.

I'm sure I haven't thought of everything, but you can see that even here there's going to be quite a bit of room for technology solutions that work across organizational boundaries (like XML), or that help to mediate between them (like XSLT).

And this is only the "publishing industry", considered broadly. As Andrew's client list shows, many organizations and companies that aren't "publishers" and don't make money publishing also publish more than many who make their living that way.

Part of the reason XML and XSLT work well is that they are very capable with information sets whose structures are loose and only imperfectly specified (or even understood) up front, and very adaptable. This offers advantages in very heterogeneous environments that change rapidly, because it lets you create islands of stability even while your interfaces remain very responsive.


On 2/10/2012 1:28 PM, Mark Giffin wrote:
On 2/10/2012 8:44 AM, Wendell Piez wrote:

[...] Or they need to find efficiencies and scalability in data interchange and data longevity that they can only get through a careful separation of concerns across their workflows, which XML/XSLT allows them to engineer.

Thanks Wendell for being specific about what XML and XSLT are used for
(publishing makes a lot of sense to me). What kind of data interchange
do you mean here? Passing documents between parts of the same company?
Connecting SQL Server data to Oracle data? Other things?


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