Re: [xsl] Normalize / Simplify HTML-Tables with row-span / col-span

Subject: Re: [xsl] Normalize / Simplify HTML-Tables with row-span / col-span
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 14:20:40 GMT
  First point: the only way to extend a language in a backwards compatible
  way is to turn constructs that were errors in 1.0 into features in 2.0.

Not necessarily. The extensions could have been compatible with xslt 1
forwards compatibility (that presumably was the intention at the time)
However as I have already acknowledged in a followup that crossed with
yours, that is probably impossible in general because of the changes in
the data model.

  If you want a processor that imposes the restrictions in the 1.0 spec,
  you've got plenty to choose from and they aren't going to disappear

I would probably figure it out, but don't you think that it is going to
cause confusion if A. Random User googles himself on to
finds some code that advertises itself as xslt 1.0 when it can't run on
any 1.0 system? At the very least, the xslt 2 spec should warn of this
(not that  A. Random User will read the spec:-)



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