Re: (dsssl) DSSSL Documentation Project - up for adoption

Subject: Re: (dsssl) DSSSL Documentation Project - up for adoption
From: Ian Castle <ian.castle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 25 Jan 2002 17:47:54 +0000
On Fri, 2002-01-25 at 16:40, B. Tommie Usdin wrote:
> We could certainly provide redirects from the current location to a 
> new one. But if nobody is going to add to it, I'm happy to leave it
> where it is. (And I have told Dave Pawson that he is welcome to
> replicate any of it that he wants.)
> The only reason I can see to move this stuff is if anyone wants to add
>  to it. If it's not going to grow it can stay where it is. What
> brought this up in the first place was my surprise at the heavy
> traffic the DSSSL pages in Mulberry's site are getting. The statistics
> led me to think that there is still a lot of interest, and perhaps a
> community that may want to add to the cookbook. If nobody wants to
> take on adding to it, I'll leave it alone.

I would love to add to it... But I not prepared to make that commitment
in public, in case I can't follow through ;-).

So, if I get a spare five minutes, unless someone beats me too it, my
plan would be to transfer the source to CVS.. and see if
any one works on it. If they do *then* we can have the debate about
which website to put it on.

Is there a master for the documentation, or is "wget ...." the thing to


It frustrates me greatly when I go to, enter "XSLT" and find
25 books (or was it 45?), but on entering "DSSSL" I get "no matches
found, but perhaps you meant 'Basic Finger Painting for Pre-School
Children by Deidre Dussell'" or whatever it is. 

It frustrates me greatly that I can enter something like "" and
get a pretty reasonable site (or but if I enter "" -
well at least it's not hardcode porn.

It frustrates me greatly that all the XML standards are freely available
at but I can only look at the titles at the ISO site...

...DSSSL gets ruled out even before you get any where near a technical
appraisal of DSSSL vs. XSLT because it is so much harder to find out
anything about it.

.. So I would love to put some energy into increasing the DSSSL
documentation available, and making it easier to find and use.

Please don't think I'm getting at anyone with my frustrations: I should
write that book on DSSSL; I should get hold of that domain name; I
should save up for the standards... or get the ISO to make them more
easily available...



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