Jesse Berst Says that Communicator Won't Support XML!!!

Wednesday November 10th, 1999

Joel Caris writes in with the latest Berst burst of wisdom. Jesse Berst's new article at ZDNet's AnchorDesk is filled with such pearls as, "It now expects to ship beta of the 5.0 version of its browser suite next month... [a]nd without support for key Web technologies such as XML that IT managers and Web developers can get from IE."

Damn. And I was under the impression that the entire Mozilla application required XML to power its user-interface, and that it's XML support throughout the application was unparalleled. Silly me.

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#11 XSLT support in IE5

by nicmila <>

Wednesday November 10th, 1999 6:56 AM

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I just finished reading the accompanied article at PC week <…ws/0,4586,1018021,00.html>

it claims: A more serious blow comes from software developers, which are starting to tailor Web-based applications for IE. Ivara Corp., a Burlington, Ontario, developer of maintenance tracking software for manufacturing and the oil industries, offers IE as an interface for customers who prefer a Web-based,thin-client architecture; the company chose IE over Navigator because Microsoft has made it easier to build a rich graphical interface using XML and its companion technology, Extensible Stylesheet Language.

And the actual state: I am really sorry for everyone who concentrates on current implementation of XSL in IE5. XSL has actually two major parts XSL (formatting stuff, think of it like a supercharged CSS), this is still in the stadium of working draft and it will be for months to come. And there is XSLT, which will probably become stable recommendation this month. With XSLT you can take an XML document and transform it into another XML, to HTML or to something else. You do not need a browser to use XSLT. On the contrary you can get excellent up to date stand alone parsers (I am using XT from <> and most of is generated from XML in two language versions) which are very useful. The IE5 implementations only very remotely resembles current proposed recommendation (something like comparison of C++ and Java), it is based on old december 1998 draft with MS extensions which were not incorporated to the spec.

But it is true that fully compliant XSLT support is a must for Mozilla.