The XSL Challenge
Friday May 21st, 1999
C. David Tallman has news of an interesting article at XML.com. In it, Michael Leventhal of CITEC (the group creating DocZilla) takes off the gloves and challenges XSL to best XML/CSS/DOM in a competition of functionality/usability in the web application space. Interestingly, Mozilla plays an important role in the contest. From XML.com:
"Anything XSL can do in the Web environment, I can do better using technologies supported by current W3C Recommendations. Of course, what is 'meaningful' in the Web environment is open to a variety of interpretations. Therefore, the subject of the challenge should be one that the XSL camp and I agree is meaningful. I am also ready to make this bet a little bit more than an academic exercise. If I lose, I will pledge that I, and my crack mozilla development team, will assist in implementing XSL in the mozilla open source project. If my opponents lose they will agree to desist from XSL advocacy, vote against an XSL Recommendation if they are members of the W3C, and will join me in calling for full, flawless, and unequivocal vendor support of CSS1 and CSS2, DOM Level 1, and XML 1.0 as the very first and top priority of the web community."
Friday May 21st, 1999 11:39 PM
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Haven't we heard these before?
"Anything you can do in C++, I can do in C, or Assembly. I can write object oriented programs in assembly language.."
And so on.
Can you imagine writing the following query?
"for each section, whose title attribute is the same as it's chapter attribute, when processing the table of contents, do the following..."
Consider the absurdity of eliminating CSS selectors and doing EVERYTHING via the DOM.
First of all, code would be
This DocZilla thing is nothing more than a blatant attempt to get press, and someone grinding a technical axe who obviously hasn't thought about the implications.