Re: Practical XSL

Subject: Re: Practical XSL
From: Paul Prescod <paul@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 09:41:50 -0600
"Livingstone, Stephen" wrote:
> What I want to know if how practical would it be to implement a system
> using XSL??
> I don't need to worry too much about the client, as I would parse the
> data via IIS & ASP, but I do need to know if it is feasible yet.

It is feasible, but 
 a) XSL is still a moving target so you'll need to update your stylesheets
when it changes


 b) you'd better carefully test the performance of your XSL

> Is anyone doing anything serious with XSL yet? If not (for those who
> decide these things) when is it likely that we shall be able to reliably
> use XSL?

It will be safest to use XSL seriously when it becomes a W3C

> I follow the Extreme XML column on Sitebuilder and build upon the
> examples there, but then I also tried using Java the week it was
> released !!

I find it a little scary how many people get their information on XML from
Microsoft. Microsoft can't even implement XML correctly in their own
products (i.e. Office 2000). They also do not differentiate between
Microsoft "ideas" (like data islands and XML-Data) and W3C
recommendations. I would suggest you use XML.COM or the OASIS site for a
more realistic view of the state of the art in XML/XSL land.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

"Intel has a big bull's-eye on its forehead because everyone is gunning
for it. But they have to be as nimble and aggressive as they were when
they were a small company," Mr. Howe said. "It's easy to be nimble when
you're a $5-billion company, it's a whole other thing when you're a
$40-billion company." 

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