Re: A would-be user's first XSL experience (long)

Subject: Re: A would-be user's first XSL experience (long)
From: Paul Prescod <paul@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 22:15:22 -0500
Chuck Robey wrote:
> There is something to be learned here.  Todd Fahrner, and *not* Paul
> Prescod, represents the type of person publishing tools *should* be made
> available to.  This means making them useable, not putting in their
> hands.  There is a strong tendency amongst knowledgeable programmers,
> when making tools, to ignore useablility, saying "it they are that
> stupid, they shouldn't be allowed near the computer".  I don't want to
> seem to be putting (possibly false) words in Paul's mouth, but you have
> to consider the tool's target audience.

Exactly. James Clark has made a technology preview for people
experimenting with XSL technology months before XSL becomes a standard. He
implements the language while he designs it to check that it is usable. He
releases his implementation so that people *willing to put in the effort*
can experiment with XSL while waiting for the browser-integrated

Criticizing its usability completely misses the point of the tool.
Criticizing XSL's usability based on that tool strikes me as

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

"Silence," wrote Melville, "is the only Voice of God." The assertion,
like its subject, cuts both ways, negating and affirming, implying both
absence and presence, offering us a choice; it's a line that the Society
of American Atheists could put on its letterhead and the Society of
Friends could silently endorse while waiting to be moved by the spirit
to speak. - Listening for Silence by Mark Slouka, Apr. 1999, Harper's

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