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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: Re: conditionalization of XML

Daniel Veillard <veillard@redhat.com>:
> On Fri, Oct 11, 2002 at 05:38:02AM -0400, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> > xmlif knows nothing about the XML structure of the document.  All it `sees'
> > is the processing instructions what is otherwise, from its point of view,
> > a featureless byte stream.
>   Then there is no good reason to implement it in an XML toolkit, really.
> Using sed sounds the right tool for the job.

You seem to be missing the point, here.

I don't want to write ad-hoc sed scripts every time I want to conditionalize
a document, any more than I want to write a single-use XSLT hack every time I
want to conditionalize a document.  Such approaches could only appeal to 
someone who is in love with XSLT or sed.  I'm not.

I want a simple tool that I can re-use.  Without having to edit my 
documents every time I want to generate a different variant.  Without
constantly writing custom stylesheets.  I have work to get done!

I tried the politically correct XML-purist approach.  It sucked.
There are weaknesses in XSLT 1.0 that make it unsuitable for this job
-- specifically the fact that a stylesheet can't see the input

So I've written a tool that throws away that whole level of structure and
gets the job done.  I'd sure like to develop a better solution, but you 
seem to be intent on denying there is a problem.
		<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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