Re: Microsoft extensions to XSL

Subject: Re: Microsoft extensions to XSL
From: info@xxxxxxxxxx (Flow Simulation)
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 12:17:33 -0000
Tyler Baker wrote:
> I think the worst thing is to try and use XSL for something that it was not
> suitable for.  XSL is not the end-all solution to everything.

I'm not so sure!

To be the end-all solution to many things it needs an "escape to scripting language"
as was originally proposed.   If you don't have it I think you get another 4GL development
tool which drops you off a cliff-edge when you are 95 percent there.

Script seems to me to be a sensible and practical compromise to "get you home", e.g.
to compute a total.    If your stylesheet contains a very large 
amount of script then perhaps XSL isn't the ideal language.

I hope script gets back into the spec. and I'm glad Microsoft kept it in IE5.   If that
dilutes the declarative purity of the language, it is a price I am willing to pay.

On the subject of Microsoft:

Tyler Baker wrote:
>It would be nice if there was a public statement by Microsoft that they will not
>work to own the XSL spec as so many people seem to fear.

Microsoft have contributed to the XSL draft and have stated that they will track the spec. with
IE5's XML and XSL support.   I don't really see what else they can do.   Personally I think
XSL and XML are more of a threat to Microsoft than the other way around.

Bill Ayers (BillA@xxxxxxxxxx)

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