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

Subject: RE: [xsl] Separating XSLT 1 and 2 help?
From: Pieter Reint Siegers Kort <pieter.siegers@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 17:02:50 -0600
Once again I used the word "specific".

> "state of transition"

That exactly worries me - the spaghetti of versions - what would I find if I
start searching the archives? Are they version specific?

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From: JBryant@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:JBryant@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 12:50 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [xsl] Separating XSLT 1 and 2 help?

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 it.

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

"Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
03/01/2005 12:35 PM
Please respond to


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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