XSL Coming To Mozilla? MathML Too?
Friday September 3rd, 1999
Jason Orendorff writes,
"Nisheeth [Ranjan] mentioned something very interesting in the August 22 mozilla.org status update:
'Currently working on plugging in an XSL processor into Gecko. The processor was recently contributed by Keith Visco (MITRE) to mozilla.org [...]'
This is huge, because XSLT support is among the key features that could make life a *lot* more fun for us Web developers in the future.
It's controversial, too, because a lot of Mozilla proponents have argued against XSL support, and in fact against XSL in general. But the XSL spec is maturing. It may be a Proposed Recommendation by the end of this month."
The bulk of the "controversy" is around XSL Formatting Objects, which have now been split off from the transformation spec (XSLT). I'd be terribly impressed if Mozilla has a functional XSLT processor by beta; it would show the power of Mozilla's new component system.
While I have your attention, I have also come across intimations that MathML might be entering the tree soon. This would mean more eyes on the code (and hopefully more coders). Keep your fingers crossed. If you weren't aware, the MathML code is being done completely by non-Netscape developers. Let's hope that the code goes in soon so that we can all lend our support.
#12 I just hope ...
Tuesday September 7th, 1999 12:10 AM
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I just hope they don't put this in NN5 unless it's a web standard by then.