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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject W3C XML Processing working group
Date Fri, 30 Dec 2005 17:54:10 GMT
Hi all,

The W3C recently set up an "XML Processing working group"[1] whose 
primary goal is to define an XML processing language (i.e. pipelines).

AFAIU the group's direction is not to reinvent something new, but to 
standardize what already exists, taking as inputs two pipeline languages 
that were submitted as W3C notes, namely Norman Walsh's[2] and XPL from 
Orbeon[3] (that BTW they claim to be the pipeline language "that has in 
fact been used the most"[4].

My impression is that what this WG will end up defining yet another 
programming language in XML, and that this language will either be very 
limited in the processing types it allows in order to be implemented on 
a wide range of platforms (including browsers), or allow a lot of 
extensibility, thus actually limiting its portability.

WDYT, should we join the party?



Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies           
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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