RE: [xsl] Using or ignoring Types in XSLT 2.0 / XPath 2.0

Subject: RE: [xsl] Using or ignoring Types in XSLT 2.0 / XPath 2.0
From: "Mark Seaborne" <MSeaborne@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 11:01:58 +0100
> > I still contend that type doesn't belong in XSLT,
> Careful Kurt, Mike Kay will accuse you of talking rubbish!
> regards DaveP

I suppose it all depends what XSLT is for. If it is for transforming structures, dependant on how those structures are named, then no, types aren't going to be a huge concern. If XSLT is for transforming structures dependant on not only the name of structures, but the names of the types of thing contained in structures, then types are key.

I can see arguments both ways. Personally I like XSLT v.1 because it is tightly focused on just transforming named structures, with a modicum of useful typing and content transformation thrown in for convenience. Certainly it isn't perfect, but I quite enjoy using XSLT, and will enthuse about it if given the opportunity.

I have assumed that transforming values is not central to XSLT (at least v.1), but maybe that is wrong?

All the best

Mark Seaborne

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