Re: Jade/DSSSL future

Subject: Re: Jade/DSSSL future
From: James Clark <jjc@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 10:30:39 +0700
"Frank A. Christoph" wrote:

> > I have sometimes wondered whether I wasted five years of my life
> > doing DSSSL and Jade, but I comfort myself with the astonishing fact
> > that a little bit of their spirit now seems likely to live on in, of all
> > places, Microsoft Windows.
> Well, this is a rather astonishing remark of considerable intellectual
> honesty; I'm sure it will echo on in the minds of all the list readers for
> some time to come.
> But I'm mystified by the last bit: how are DSSSL or Jade connected to
> Windows?

I think it's fair to say that a bit of the spirit of jade -tsgml and
DSSSL live on in XSLT; Microsoft's XSLT implementation is an integral
part of their XML support (it's in MSXML.DLL), and that is now a
standard part of the Windows system software.  This isn't just a "IE is
part of Windows" marketing thing. They're using XML for system-level
things; for example, the next generation of Plug and Play, which they
call Universal Plug and Play (see has devices
using XML to describe their capabilities.  The extent to which Microsoft
has embraced XML never ceases to amaze me.


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