Re: [xsl] In Search of People Who Know About and/or Use the, Document Function

Subject: Re: [xsl] In Search of People Who Know About and/or Use the, Document Function
From: Alain <alainb06@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:57:05 +0200
>>"You'd be hard pressed to find many people, even in the web development
>>community, that either is aware of, or uses, document()."
>Of course I completely disagree with this statement. I think it would be
>quite easy for me to locate such individuals. And it's statements such as
>this that lead me to believe that there is an honest misunderstanding of
>just how prevalent the usage of XSLT is within the larger development
>communities of the world.

Yes, I've used document() in the client, and been glad for it.

I also think you have a point that there's really no way of knowing how much client-side XSLT processing is happening. One of XML's greatest strengths is at the low end, with small applications and even one-offs that don't get very far from home. While these don't get any glory, the gains in productivity they add to any shop that knows how to build and use them are probably impossible to calculate, but not small.

Indeed, my guess is that the first browser that comes with a correct XSLT 2.0 implementation is going to find itself quite pleasantly surprised. I try to take it as a good sign that we don't hear about this: maybe it means it's being worked on.


Big companies are already having XML-sites such as Blizzard :

That's of interest to a 8 million players community, not just a
small personal site.

The main page above uses :

You can count on this XSL 3 different calls to document()

I used it myself and it works fine, except that Firefox doesn't
seam to properly cache the document been called this way and sends
useless requests to the server where it could have used it's
local cache.

And indeed, the first XSLT2.0 compliant browser would get a pretty good competitive advantage!


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