TESTIMONIALS: W3C Issues First Public Working Draft of XSL 1.0

Ian B. Jacobs (ij@w3.org)
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 10:10:24 -0400

W3C Publishes First Public Working Draft of XSL 1.0

Contact America -- Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Sally Khudairi <khudairi@w3.org>

Contact Europe -- Ned Mitchell <ned@ala.com>
+33 1 43 22 79 56
Andrew Lloyd <allo@ala.com>
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Contact Asia -- Yumiko Matsubara <matsubara@w3.org>


"Adobe, as a producer of content authoring tools, has taken a
leadership role in the development of XSL. We recognize this draft
as a significant step in supporting XML as a key Web technology.
By clearly separating the content of a document from its
presentation, XML provides for content reuse. The role of XSL is
to provide the presentation information. XSL complements CSS in
that role and is significant because it provides more flexibility.
We support the W3C's efforts to facilitate interchange on the Web
and applaud this step toward increased flexibility and accuracy of
Web content creation and reuse."
-- Tom Malloy, VP for Advanced Technology, Adobe Systems

"XSL holds the promise of providing the world with its first
media-independent style sheet specification. This W3C
specification will allow you to efficiently publish both
interactive Web pages and professionally designed printed
documents from the same XML content."
-- Paul Trevithick, Chief Technology Officer, Bitstream Inc.

"As one of the earliest backers of XML, Enigma is excited by the
initial draft of the XSL standard. XML promises to bring
structured authoring and web publishing to the mainstream,
allowing for massive data reuse. XSL is critical because it
enables a reliable, highly formatted output to be published in
multiple environments. In addition to native support of XML data,
Enigma's style sheet editor facilitates the intuitive creation of
XSL style sheets."
-- Mickey Kimchi, Vice President of Research and Development,
Enigma, Inc.

"XSL, by making it possible to transform and display XML
everywhere, is a key step in the evolution of XML as an e-business
tool. IBM is pleased to be contributing to the progress of XSL,
and looks forward to continuing to work with W3C on this and other
-- David Singer, Senior Technical Staff Member and AC
Representative for IBM

"Inso is excited and very pleased with the progress of the XSL
Working Group. The first draft shows significant progress and
validates Inso's plans to develop an enhanced stylesheet editor
that combines XSL and CSS to produce high quality web, CD, and
print output from a single XML source. XSL sits at the crossroads
of electronic publishing, e-commerce, and client server computing;
as such, XSL's requirements are both complex and important; again,
Inso commends the W3C and the XSL Working Group for their hard
work and commitment. "
-- Sebastian Holst, Vice President, Product Management, Inso

"XSL will be instrumental in providing a compatible migration path
from today's HTML-based web to the XML Internet of the future. XSL
will also provide powerful formatting services for XML documents
and data. Lotus is pleased to support the release of the first XSL
draft specification."
-- Alex Morrow, Lotus Fellow and Vice President of Advanced
Technologies, Lotus Development Corporation

"Microsoft is excited about the publication of the XSL Working
Draft. XSL is an important technology for enabling broad use of
XML on the web. It provides a declarative mechanism for
manipulating and presenting XML data within a web page or by a
browser. XSL's goal of simplifying the delivery of XML content to
the end user will give web publishers even richer XML-based
solutions in the future. We are proud to have been an active
member of the XSL working group and are pleased by the high level
of interest generated by the Microsoft XSL Technology Preview
Release. We expect XSL to meet with broad acceptance in the
-- Mark Ryland, Director of Standards Activities, Microsoft

"As a leading supporter of XML, Netscape is pleased by the release
of the first XSL public working draft. Together with other W3C
standards like HTML, CSS, DOM, and XML, XSL will provide
developers greater power and control for documents and data on the
-- Jim Hamerly, VP, Netscape Communications Corporation

"Increasingly, the World Wide Web is becoming the backbone for
business-to-business communications. But the complexity of
business information has outstripped the formatting mechanisms
that were built into HTML. As a result, RivCom and others have had
to invent proprietary mechanisms for delivering sophisticated
XML-based documents to the desktop. The XSL standard will
eliminate these obstacles and bring industrial strength publishing
to the Web. At RivCom we will migrate our XML-based publishing
projects to XSL as soon as feasible, in order to bring our clients
the benefits of this stable, robust, standardized mechanism for
publishing XML."
-- Bernard Rivers, Managing Director, RivCom

"This is a great day for electronic publishing. With XSL, we can
finally achieve the dream of truly open, interoperable,
international publishing across all media and all platforms. XSL
not only makes the development and management of a Web site more
flexible and efficient, it increases the speed of information
-- Jon Bosak, Online Information Technology Architect and Chair of
the W3C XML Working Group, Sun Microsystems