Re: [xsl] Compatibility question

Subject: Re: [xsl] Compatibility question
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2005 17:22:17 -0400
At 04:13 PM 4/8/2005, you wrote:
On Apr 8, 2005 9:54 PM, JBryant@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

> Look into Sarissa.

I did it. ;-)

But it seems that Konqueror and Safari (KHTML based) are not supported
at all (XPath, for example)...

As long as there is a market for HTML browsers, there will ipso facto be a market for browsers that do not support XML/XSLT client-side.

I agree with what Charles said about this, with a slight change in emphasis. It isn't that server-side transforms are in themselves better; rather, that the browsers and clients generally are still a moving target (indeed, when you include non-HTML consumers they're all over the place), and there will remain a number of ways to reach them.

Five or eight years ago the situation was similarly unsettled with HTML itself. Now HTML is more stable and better understood, we have better support for the HTML DOM, CSS is more dependable and widespread, etc. (Note this isn't exactly a promise that you'll be able to do what you want if you only wait -- the next five years could bring us more fragmentation not consolidation. There's no eternal law that says HTML/DOM/CSS, or even some kind of platform for XML/XSLT, is the be-all/end-all of standards on the client. I'm very glad to see the standards progressing as well as they are; but we've seen killer apps out of the blue before....)


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