Re: (dsssl) Practical Bibliography question

Subject: Re: (dsssl) Practical Bibliography question
From: Trent Shipley <tcshipley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 14:30:57 -0700

I started in DSSSL, the JadeTex output is very nice so far, and I would like 
to stay with it.

However, I can't seem to do much of any useful tree traversal, querying, and 
so on in OpenJade without a heck of a lot of work.  I spend a couple days 
trying to figure out how to enumerate a sub-list of elements based on the 
value of an atribute.  The closest I came was an example in German that 
seemed to argue based on the existence of an atribute but not its value.

The point is that I am hoping SAXON will have a pretty full implementation of 
Xpointers that will make the transformation much easier.

As for the stages.  I program that way alot.  Divide-conquer problem solving, 
no?  I'm on a tight schedule and mostly want to get the thing done.  Each day 
programing elegance gets less important.  I need to writing the dissertation.
Laying the d*** thing out myself is just a poverty induced obstacle.


Nevertheless, I do enjoy programming and working on stylesheets.
    I'm still upset that I had to resort to level-labeled TEI <DIVn>s instead 
of the generically nesting DIV element to get endnote formatting to come out 
   And that doesn't even address the lingering frustration of using endnotes 
instead of real footnotes, or having to use the IGNORE feature to hide 
comment level notes to get endnote numbering right, or not being able to 
display comment notes as side notes instead of as monospaced in-line text, or 

(Ah they're all nits,  I need to lighten up and get back to writing.
      Writing important.
              Formatting obstacle.)

On Friday 05 October 2001 04:27, you wrote:
> > What XSL tool (if any) would you recommend?
> saxon, xalan, msxml, take your pick, but you could do the whole thing
> in dsssl or the whole thing in xslt, why switch programming languages
> just for the final section?
> David
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