Re: [xsl] Is there a reason for not using XSLT 2.0 as a default

Subject: Re: [xsl] Is there a reason for not using XSLT 2.0 as a default
From: "M. David Peterson" <m.david.x2x2x@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 18:18:23 -0700
Thanks for this added info... Of course its easy to develop an opinion
in one direction or another based on the information you are aware of
so it certainly helps to understand things further from someone who
has watched this process from the beginning.

Cheers :)


On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 00:58:02 GMT, David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > In fact one of the primary reasons Microsoft has held back from
> > providing direct support for the XSLT 2.0 spec is based on the last
> > second 'split' of the 1.0 spec into the XSL (FO) and XSLT
> > specifications causing an incompatible processor to be propagated and
> > a support nightmare to be invoked.
> I think that's a very skewed view of history:-)
> The split between FO and XSLT into two specs wasn't that late in the
> process : including the REC there were 7 drafts of XSL(T) only the first
> two of which were combined with FO.
> and was essentially irrelevant to the microsoft  implementation
> as it never implemented the FO part of the draft even when they were
> combined, splitting it just made it easier for the transformation-only
> implementations to claim conformance to a named spec rather than just to
> chapter 2 of a combined spec.
> msxml2 implemented a language that had a passing resemblance to the
> transformation language in the XSL draft of December '98. Even if it had
> been a faithful implementation of that draft, releasing an implementation
> of a draft spec in a full non-beta release of a piece of software
> distributed to 90% of the world's desktops was a mistake, although at
> the time I think many of us thought it was probably a good thing,
> spreading the word... It's easier to take a different view with hindsight.
> >  I would tend to think that the W3C has made the necessary changes to
> > ensure that this kind of thing doesn't take place again
> I don't think the W3C process can have any effect on such
> things. Companies (or people) will take commercial decisions on whether
> to release (or use) software based on a draft spec. If they do release
> such software again they will take commercial decisions about whether
> to change the software as later drafts come out.
> David
> ________________________________________________________________________
> This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The
> service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive
> anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit:
> ________________________________________________________________________


:: M. David Peterson ::
XML & XML Transformations, C#, .NET, and Functional Languages Specialist

Current Thread