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Re: Bad News on IE6 XML Support
To: xml-dev <xml-dev@-----.---.--->
Date: 9/7/2001 9:56:00 PM
Client-side XSL? What are you smoking? XSL is fat client technology. It will only work on a very small percentage of immaculately configured machines. In other words, almost NONE. Don't expect the browser vendors to fix this either. HTML will be replaced by full motion video before that happens (i.e., NEVER). The last thing I want to see on a website is "this page best viewed with Opera and Saxon" or some nonsense like that. Chances are your content isn't vital enough to justify installing new software. I'll just click somewhere else, thank you. Doubtful I am unique in that respect. MAYBE there is a dumbed-down version of CSS that works on all browsers on all platforms. Maybe. But there is no version of XSL that even comes close. The only display technology that has nearly as much "reach" as HTML 3.0 is Flash. XSLT is great. Just don't do it on the client. Transform your XML on the server. Otherwise, you and your visitors are in for a lot of broken pages. Don't wait for IE 10 to have a "compliant" processor, whatever that is. Like CSS, XSLT will forever be a moving target. Learn from the problems of Java on the client and stick with HTML 3 and (perhaps) Flash.