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Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT 2 processors
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:19:39 -0500

Hi again,

On 2/9/2012 6:22 PM, Andrew Welch wrote:
Where do you use it Mr. Welch?

Various companies and sectors, including aerospace (BAE), health (MDConsult), finance (JPMC, Interactive Data), publishing (Elsevier, Macmillan), telecoms (Vodafone)... it's all pretty much the same work, just the text nodes are different.

FWIW, these all fall into the category of "publishers" in a large sense, since they are publishing even if only in support of other activities.

Keep in mind that two of the most important sectors supporting the development of SGML in the 1980s and 1990s were military-industrial, and academic computing (big research libraries and their ancillary activities). What do these have in common? They both need their data to outlive their machines, so they have to avoid proprietary lock-in either to platforms or even (at the further edges) to sets of functional requirements.

This is the conceptual foundation of layered systems based on descriptive markup, aka (in its current form) XML/XSLT. For many kinds of work the engineering expense is arguably not worth it (partly because it requires a rare combination of skills to do well). Other kinds of work are more or less impossible or unsustainable without it.

Cheers, Wendell

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