Re: [xsl] text/xsl (was Re: Hello World)

Subject: Re: [xsl] text/xsl (was Re: Hello World)
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 11:09:38 -0400
It'd be awfully useful to let a user select a stylesheet, either one delivered to them or one of their own. Some old-timers may remember the Panorama SGML browser, that allowed you to switch between various styled views. Way nifty, and it had any number of real-world applications. Mozilla, say, ought to be able to load a menu option under the View menu with choices of stylesheets.

Right now the only techniques I know of to get this behavior is to go through MS-proprietary scripting or do it all server side. There appears to be no standard for doing it in a non-proprietary way on the client. But it's a pretty core infrastructure requirement. I suppose the good wizards could invent one. Could use RDDL or some such I suppose.

Mike, could you offer a brief synopsis of other ways?


At 07:33 PM 6/19/2002, Mike wrote:
Of course, the whole notion of hard-coding a stylesheet reference in an XML
document is a source of controversy. It is almost exclusively used to let a
browser load a data source directly through a standard HTTP GET and to force a
particular rendering of that data. This is a problem that could have been, and
has been, solved in other, arguably more intelligent ways.

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