RE: [xsl] Arguments for XSL

Subject: RE: [xsl] Arguments for XSL
From: Mike Ferrando <mikeferrando@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 07:54:59 -0700 (PDT)
I am having the same problem with XML.

I am trying to push for all our Library of Congress Finding aids to
be retained in XML master files. Although, I have been able to do
this in my little hovel, it is hardly a practice taken up by anyone
else, much less is anyone even using XML/XSL.

Unfortunately, no one seems to think that my idea merits more than an
thoughtful pause. The EAD tag set is changing, and we are moving from
SGML to XML. Why not create a tag set that not only reflects the
current structure of the finding aid (legacy finding aid), but that
the same tag set might also be named after the MARC record values
that the data represents? Other strange but consistently recorded
information could be tagged as needed. Then one person could make the
decisions about how the information should be transformed into EAD
instead of it being a moment by moment endeavor always at the mercy
of the ever changing tag set. The result, global control of the

We are moving towards deeper encodinganalog values for our data, but
no one seems to think that we could do better.

Mike Ferrando
Washington, DC

--- Lee V <ld_griff77@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think it may be time to show everybody exactly what can be done
> with
> your system.  Get a few style sheets together (one for full
> details,
> maybe one for headings only.. whatever).  You know;  show off.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mark
> Micallef
> Sent: October 17, 2002 8:16 AM
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [xsl] Arguments for XSL
> Hi All,
>   I've spent considerable time setting up an architecture using XML
> and
> in order to produce a help-system for one of our software products.
>  I
> feel
> using this system is much better than using a WYSIWYG editor
> because it
> allows the writer to concentrate on content and not on formatting.
> Formatting can be done by a different person or at a different time
> via
> style-sheets.
>   I've pitched this idea to my manager and he likes it but when we
> sent
> the
> whole package of to our head-office abroad for translation into
> different
> languages, they didn't like it.  They prefer using a WYSIWYG editor
> (specifically ROBOHELP).
>   My gut feel is XML is better even tho a WYSIWYG editor allows you
> to
> see
> results immediately without compiling or anything.
>   Does anyone have any thoughts about this?  Am I right or wrong? 
> If
> so,
> why?
> Thanks for your help,
> Mark
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