Re: [xsl] <quote>XSL is NOT easy</quote>

Subject: Re: [xsl] <quote>XSL is NOT easy</quote>
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 12:06:03 -0400

At 09:26 AM 6/26/2007, you wrote:
In particular, I think a lot of people (myself at one time) assume that any processing applied to XML source is best done with XSLT but this is clearly not the case, especially when the XML is just a convenient serialization format for much more complicated objects rather than a representation of a "document" in the generic sense.

Among the important insights in your post is this one, since it points out that there's XML, and there's XML.

Processing document-oriented XML for presentation, which is of course the application for which XSLT was designed, falls mainly into the category of the fairly straightforward mapping the language is good for. (What a surprise.) The sort of thing you allude to in this paragraph is a horse of a different color, and arguably may not be "XML" programming at all except superficially and incidentally.

But none of the "problems" we're pointing to -- over-generalization and misapplication of technologies to problems unsuited to them, etc. -- are unique to XSLT. As has also been said.


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