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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [SUMMARY] Viva la Multiplexer! (was: [Contribution] Pipe-aware selection)
Date Wed, 10 Apr 2002 12:35:21 GMT
Ulrich Mayring wrote:

> Could you explain where XSLT lacks solidity?

First: it's a pain to validate because it's an heavy user of namespaces.

Second: declarativity hides the pipeline flow: you might change a
template apply-template statement, still have a valid stylesheet, but
change the overall behavior of the pipeline without noticing.

Third: stylesheets don't exhibit explicit in/out contracts: it's very
hard to understand (even worse to validate!) if two stylesheets have a
compatible behavior on a given input. 

In short: stylesheets's declarativeness was designed to make their
contracts less solid ("if this template matches, run it, otherwise do
nothing and don't even signal it"). It's very easy to have 'dead parts'
of your declarative code.

This is a *feature* when it comes to 'what-if' scenarios but Jeremy has
been using them in a procedural case and this, IMO, sacrifices contract
solidity, expecially in a multi-authored environment like this one.

HOpe this helps.

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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