RE: CSS and XSL?

Subject: RE: CSS and XSL?
From: "Wilson, James.W" <James.W.Wilson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 06:41:40 -0500
speaking only for myself, not for my employer -

For publishers, XSL might mean that the different processes for rendering
into print, CD, and online content could be *merged* in large part (or even
in smaller part; this would also be a very big win). Jade pointed the way
towards this model, with various output formats coming from a single DSSSL
stylesheet, but DSSSL is not something I would drop on designers and
internal standards people. XSL *is*, and hopefully will become even more
accessible with future iterations. (Hopefully James Clark et al are noting
the number of people on this list confused by match patterns vs. expressions
vs. ...) I don't think CSS+Javascript can be as accessible, primarily
because of Javascript (CSS is wonderful for its specific purpose).

For those who think that XSL is too focused on publishers' needs, consider:
if it's very easy for publishers to repurpose their data in a *useful* way
on the Web (as opposed to crufting up some high-maintainance online-only
path which produces marginally useful HTML), the floodgates will open and
the amount of high-quality content on the Web will balloon.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Robey [mailto:chuckr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 1999 6:12 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: CSS and XSL?

On Thu, 10 Jun 1999, Steven Livingstone, ITS, SENM wrote:

> I have read it -
> my *opinion* is that CSS really only needs to be used to work with HTML,
> where XSL is limited/not supported.
> I personnaly would always use XML with XSL and send CSS to the client if
> this wasn't supported - XSL, to me, is MUCH more powerful than CSS. At the
> same time all of XSL isn't fully implemented, fully supported or even a
> complete standard, so there are no doubt things you can do with CSS in
> browsers (for example..) which you cannot yet reliebly do with XSL ..
> Am I wrong ??

I asked another question about xsl's uses, and had not one answer that
would indicate the xsl wasn't needed.  Mine was from a publishing point
of view.

I'm beginning to think that those that wish xsl to go away are narrowly
concerned with their own application, and do not care that xml has more
than one application.

I think you're right.  I also think that most arguments against xsl
aren't well considered.

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