Re: To James - The DSSSL bazaar and the cathedral

Subject: Re: To James - The DSSSL bazaar and the cathedral
From: "admin" <admin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 11:08:00 EST
Hi: Does DSSSL offer options for linking? Thanks, Tom

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From: "Didier PH Martin" <martind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: dssslist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: 	Sat, 1 May 1999 11:00:59 -0400

>Hi James,
>As you noticed, several people in the DSSSL community are ready to build a
>common site or web of sites and resources about DSSSL. They are also ready
>to offer some of their precious time to organize the community production,
>promote DSSSL, experiment with it, improve it, make it grow, make it more
>Actually there are some problems:
>a) the community adds or modify things in Jade. This is the most positive
>thing we can envision, it means that now Baby Jade has more than one parent
>to care of its growth :-). The problem is that we need a mechanism for patch
>posting, modification posting, distribution, tests, etc. Feedback to
>producers, track record of patches and links to producers, etc...
>b) Also, the DSSSL community stopped selling DSSSL to the world. We need to
>improve this facet. If we can at least have some articles telling that DSSSL
>can _be used_ for XML _and_ SGML. This is an improvement on the actual
>situation and a better world for the users (freedom of choice and freedom
>based on knowing the alternatives or said from a pragmatic perspective: the
>right tool for the right job)
>a) We need a common site on which the patch could be posted and a list of
>volunteers that can validate these patches. People would know that these
>volunteers would answer to producers, take care of the integration and do
>the follow up for the tests.
>b) We need more content about DSSSL, text, articles, tutorials, etc... We
>also need one or more than one site that organize this content.
>c) We need new experiments with DSSSL for new ISO standards like for
>instance topic maps or for W3C future be standards like RDF. Example with
>document types like ATA 100 (SGML document type for the aviation industry)
>d) We need documents that make bridges or compare to other style sheet
>languages like for instance CSS or XSL.
>Simply said, we need to bring some life to DSSSL
>a) several people concerned with the DSSSL future expressed their will to
>help build a community site or a web of sites
>b) Several help proposal are on the table. The DSSSL community has several
>voluntaries who wants to see baby Jade grow to its next life stage and
>refuses to see it dying because of a lack of care. This, mainly because the
>DSSSL community uses this tool for day to day real productive activities.
>c) we have several volunteer to do some of the Job.
>a) a CVS site
>b) a site or Web of site about DSSSL resources.
>c) a list of people who take care of some tasks: integration, builds, tests.
>Suddenly, DSSSL has the opportunity to build its own bazaar. So let this
>bazaar build its own cathedral. (to retake some well known metaphor)
>James, Do you have any thoughts on this? Any suggestions? For practical
>matters, do have in mind any process?
>Didier PH Martin
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