Re: Designs for XSLT functions (Was: Re: [xsl] RE: syntax sugar for call-template)

Subject: Re: Designs for XSLT functions (Was: Re: [xsl] RE: syntax sugar for call-template)
From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 08:43:14 -0700
> > I take your argument, and especially for a different syntax to a
> > function based if(). I think it's likely that XPath 2.0 will support
> > such things - it's on their list of requirements. However, I'd like to
> > focus the discussion on things that we (the community) can achieve
> > rather than things that only the WG can achieve.
> ... 
> > Sure, and I'm *incredibly* glad to see that. As I said above, though,
> > I'd like to focus on what is achievable now rather than with XSLT 2.0.
> > I also think that just because this particular example will be
> > addressed in XSLT 2.0 doesn't mean that there aren't examples that
> > won't be.
> I have wailed about parts of the XSLT 1.1 proposal, but I feel that we -
> the XSLT community - will achieve more if we build on each other's
> efforts. Given the choice between an approach which slots into XSLT 1.1
> and the 1.1 / 2.0 schedule and one which ignores both, I think the first
> approach has a higher chance of widespread adoption and widespread user
> benefit.

I disagree.  There is no such thing as an XSLT 1.1 implementation now (no, the 
latest Saxon doesn't count) and there won't be until XSLT 1.1 is a REC, which 
will be for perhaps a year yet.

We really need to watch our premature adoption of W3C specs.  They can change 
*drastically* before they even get to PR/CR status, and even as PRs or CRs, as 
XHTML and SVG illustrated, they can change quite a bit before REC.

I think we should focus on XSLT 1.0, since one can only speculate about XSLT 

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