RE: [xsl] Separating XSLT 1 and 2 help?

Subject: RE: [xsl] Separating XSLT 1 and 2 help?
From: JBryant@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 12:50:09 -0600
I concur with Dr. Kay. I think we are in a useful state of transition with 
regard to versions. Naturally, as XSL2 becomes more prevalent, we see more 
and more questions about it (either directly or indirectly, as people 
point out how to solve XSL1 problems with XSL2). Eventually, we'll see 
only questions that apply to XSL2. Someday, we'll have the same issue with 
versions 2 and 3, I suppose.

This process of transitioning from one version to another by providing 
both XSL1 and XSL2 answers to questions helps the members of the community 
come to grips with the changes between versions. Certainly, I have learned 
a lot about what I can do with XSL2 because Dr. Kay and others have taken 
the time in many posts to show both the XSL1 answer and the XSL2 answer. 
Since I've been using an XSL2 processor (Saxon 8) since July, the 
"jumping" between versions in the answers on the list has been quite 
helpful. I have implemented many XSL2 features after seeing them 
demonstrated here.

As for this whole business of creating more forums for the community, I 
feel that it would be a mistake. This mailing list is adequate to the task 
of providing a way for the XSLT community to come together. Additional 
forums (wikis, message boards, other mailing lists, and so on) would just 
fragment the attention of the community. Also, when people (new to the 
list or not) need to search for an old answer, it's much better to have 
one list to archive than a bunch of them scattered all over. I think we 
are better served by having one virtual meeting place, and this list is 

Jay Bryant
Bryant Communication Services
(presently consulting at Synergistic Solution Technologies)

"Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
03/01/2005 12:35 PM
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RE: [xsl] Separating XSLT 1 and 2 help?

> Lately I've been thinking (more and more) that it would IMO 
> be a good idea
> to separate XSLT 1 and XSLT 2 help on this list host, 
> something like adding
> a second list xslt2-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, where specific XSLT 2
> questions could be asked.

I don't agree. Many people don't know which version they are using, or 
choose which version to use based on the answer to the question.
> PD: I also have plans to start a specific XQuery help list, 

There's a perfectly adequate list at It's not busy, but I 
think that starting a competitor will do the community any good.

Michael Kay

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