Re: [xsl] Rescuing XSLT from Niche Status

Subject: Re: [xsl] Rescuing XSLT from Niche Status
From: "Jacobs,David B." <djacobs@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 12:38:08 -1000
> I can see it's useful if pulling bits of data out of databases etc
> (which is one main use of the ASP on the web pages here, as a matter
> of fact) Where almost the entire page is static and you just want to
> "fill in the blanks".

Ah, this hits upon what is probably a crucial difference in perspective.  I
definitely see an XML document as more of a mini-database/ data structure
than a "document" that needs to be presented.  This probably comes from my
orientation towards building web applications /components, as opposed to
having a large document repository which I can search over, retrieve and
display matching documents.

In fact for that reason, and I should probably change the paper to reflect
this, I see extracting information from multiple XML documents as one of the
core capabilities users should learn early on.

> But if you are converting a document format of any complexity down to
> HTML (for example) the template rule driven approach is far more natural
> and easier to code in XSLT as the output is driven by the input, you
> don't need to sketch out the entire format of the document; If you come
> across a list in the input, convert it to an HTML list, and carry on
> etc..

Unless the style of an element depends on which part of the new document it
is in.  Then the intuitiveness goes out the window, at least for the
beginner (IMHO).


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