Re: Venting

Subject: Re: Venting
From: James Clark <jjc@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 11:11:57 +0700
Paul Prescod wrote:
> I am probably wasting my time but I want to point out that the current
> organization of the XSL specification is VERY CONFUSING to my users,
> students and readers and extremely FRUSTRATING to me. There is a
> generalized transformation language. There is a formatting DTD. They will
> probably work beautifully together someday but they do NOT BELONG IN THE
> SAME SPECIFICATION any more than XSL and XLink do.
> I know we've been over this before and it is probably not useful to start
> a long thread of "me toos" and "I agrees"  but this is a fundamental flaw
> in the two languages that we know as XSL.

This seems to be rather overstating things to me.  The fact that the two
languages are defined in one spec doesn't affect the languages
themselves one iota.  The specifications of the two languages are
cleanly separated: the transformation language is in section 2 and the
formatting DTD is in section 3. Whether or not you make separate
physical documents out of the two sections doesn't seem a big deal to


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