From: S. Mike Dierken (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Sep 18 2000 - 10:54:31 PDT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2000 10:54 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: RE: [Wash Post] The WAP backlash continues...
> > While I agree, we have been (at eBuilt) looking at "families"
> of devices.
> > It seems like you can stream line the XSL creation process by
> > assigning one XSL to a family of devices.
> You can do better than that too. Essentially, a document produced
> by a stylesheet applied to an XML document is the same as a
> transformation function applied to the document. If you regard
> the headers, devices etc. as part of the "environment" in which
> the function is applied, a methodology for parameterizing
> stylesheets is pretty obvious.
This is a key insight - to regard the headers, devices, etc. as part of the
'environment' of the processor.
It lets you do lots of things with simple tools. It makes you consider most
systems for generating dynamic web content (Apache mods, PHP, ASP, servlets,
etc.) as transformation systems.
In the past I had suggested coming up with a canonical XML DTD for the data
in HTTP Request and Response objects. This would let XML processing engines
play with the full HTTP information.
Here is a pointer to a message talking about this a little.
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