RE: Leventhal's challenge misses the point

Subject: RE: Leventhal's challenge misses the point
From: Linda van den Brink <lvdbrink@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 12:30:39 +0200
Miles Sabin wrote: 
"So, transformations are involved. In which case I 
question your confidence that 'almost everyone will be 
able to learn enough of it for their purposes'. It's not 
that I doubt the _intelligence_ of (most importantly) 
graphic designers, I just doubt that they'll have either 
the time or the inclination to learn how to be

Which means they're out of the scope of this discussion, since they won't be
inclined to learn either XSL or DOM+[a scripting language]. If
transformations are involved, there's no way around the need to learn one of
these techniques. Regardless of which is easier, an advantage of using XSL
to, for example, do client-side generation of toc's, is that you need *only*
an XSL script to generate the toc, display the page(s), and format them. The
alternative that Micheal Leventhal defends requires you to use DOM, a
scripting language (javascript, EMACS), and CSS. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Miles Sabin [mailto:msabin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, May 28, 1999 11:16 AM
To: 'xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: RE: Leventhal's challenge misses the point

Jeffrey L. Caruso wrote,
> Miles Sabin wrote:
> > jcaruso wrote,
> > > With XSL they get a certain amount of power and
> > > control within a fairly easy-to-understand setting.
> > > Almost everyone will be able to learn enough of it 
> > > for their purposes; e.g. something like a client-
> > > generated table of contents should be within
> > > anyone's 
> > > reach.
> >
> > Yes, but isn't that a subset of XSL which (almost)
> > coincides with CSS?
> No.
> Perhaps "client-generated table of contents" was over-
> brief: I can send an XML/XSL document and have the 
> client software (browser) both display the document and 
> rearrange the content to display a table of contents.



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