- XSL, a "sometime in the future" technology, full of beautiful (if
vague) prognostications about its "power" and "richness", offers
no useful improvement in capability over current and implemented
full W3C Recommendations for stylesheets and transformation.
- XSL has no role to play in the evolution of web technology into the
"new desktop" as it does not support interactive documents.
- XSL is a great danger to a major objective of XML, the inclusion
of semantic information in Web pages, as it replaces XML elements
annotated with formatting information by XSL formatting objects.
- XSL is the most hideous and unwieldy language imaginable and
stands absolutely no chance of acceptance by the web community.
- XSL advocacy has blurred the focus of the W3C, by introducing
competing standards for styling and transformation, and set back
by at least two years the goal of vendor-independent, semantically
rich "open information highway", by undermining support for existing
standards such as CSS and the DOM.
Håkon Wium Lie http://www.operasoftware.com/people/howcome
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