Subject: RE: XSL controversy|
From: James Robertson <jamesr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 08 Aug 1999 16:34:26 +1000
Sean Mc Grath writes: > I do electronic publishing with XML/SGML for a living and > in my experience "funky" transformations are the norm rather than the > exception. I can assure you that they are more than > just of academic interest.
Care to give some examples of day-to-day transformations that are beyond the scope of `normal' XSL? I am not doubting you, I am just curious as to what sort of things you have in mind.
I too do electronic publishing for a living. An example:
I have an online help database, consisting of 10,000 topics marked up in SGML/XML. Using Omnimark, I publish this to WinHelp, RTF and HTML.
I produce 10,000 HTML files (one per topic), that are extensively cross-linked, with tables of contents, navigation bars, and supporting files.
Tables have special handling, as to particular paragraphs. Nifty extensions abound, and every one of them demanded by my clients. And I'm just about to start into further improving it.
Of course, all of this has to work quickly and efficiently, with a minimum performance load on the machine ...
Interestingly, the WinHelp is the most complex format, primarily because of the many limitations and bugs of the WinHelp viewer.
Does this help you to get a sense of real-world "funky" transformation?
(Did I mention that I've also built a process that generated 30,000 HTML pages of legislation?)
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