Re: [xsl] N : M transformation

Subject: Re: [xsl] N : M transformation
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 10:56:32 GMT

  I asked for
  aspart of a spec draft,
  as opposed to the various extensions.

As far as I know saxon 7's the only experimental xslt2 system that's
been "announced" Although mention of a xalan xslt2 system has been
mentioned on this this list as well (check the archives)

One should be very careful about using any such systems in production of
course, XSLT2 is only a draft, and in particular the multiple output
instructions have changed quite a bit over the XSLT2 drafts so
there's no assurance that it will end up looking like it does currently.

Using exslt's document extension or the processor specific mechanism 
provided by an XSLT1 system is to be prefered at present except
for experimenting with the current draft specs.

That said, a standard multiple-output mechanism in XSLT will be a very
welcome addition, it's been clear since before XSLT1 REC was finished
that this was perhaps the largest gap in the XSLT1 specified
functionality and just about all processors have such an extension.
The exception being msxml which can output multiple files but only if
you don't need the customisation possibilities of xsl:output and can
accept the default linearisation of the MS DOM's .xml method, and you
are running msxml in an environment that has write access to the
filesystem (not in a browser). Similarly mozilla doesn't do multiple
output, as it doesn't have write access either.


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