Re: Comments on XSL Draft

Subject: Re: Comments on XSL Draft
From: ht@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Henry S. Thompson)
Date: 19 Aug 1998 10:44:17 +0100
ray@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

> [a number of thoughtful criticisms of the XSL draft]

This one will run and run.  There are two main reasons I think trying
a string-based pattern syntax makes sense:

* We had a lot of feedback on 'A Proposal for XSL' which complained
  bitterly about the verbosity and messiness of the XML-based pattern
  syntax: patterns simply occupied too much real estate to be understood;

* We will need, once we get an expression language back in, to use
  patterns in expressions.

The issue of XPOINTER convergence is also very relevant here.

This is a public process, I'm sure all suggestions for alternative
approaches to patterns which address these issues will be taken
seriously.  But please have a go at using the new language: ANY
complex syntax, whether expressed in a DTD or not, seems awkward at
first encounter.

[speaking for myself, not the XSL WG]
  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
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