The XSL Challenge

Friday May 21st, 1999

C. David Tallman has news of an interesting article at 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

"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."

#18 Re:The XSL Challenge

by Jonathan Berman

Monday May 24th, 1999 2:11 PM

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I think that whether or not people think that XSL is superior to CSS, it is important that Mozilla add support for it solely for the reason that Microsoft supports it. It would be to Microsoft's advantage for Mozilla to neglect supporting something that they support because they can then claim that they support formats that Mozilla doesn't, and therefor pages written using those formats cannot be read by mozilla's browser. This seems to be how Microsoft corners every market. Furthermore, Mozilla should be capable af reading Microsoft's implementation of the pre-released version of XSL so that whatever has been written for that implementation (I only know of one article) can also be read for Mozilla.