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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject Re: W3C XML Processing working group
Date Fri, 30 Dec 2005 18:19:13 GMT
On 12/30/05, Sylvain Wallez <> wrote:
> 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).

Wow, innovation at work! :-)

> 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?

I'm not that much interested into yet another DSL expressed in XML,
and I don't feel alone at all. Actually I'd much rather drift towards
a programmatic pipeline API. Anyone has the guts to start a JSR on
that? :)

Gianugo Rabellino
Pro-netics s.r.l. -
Orixo, the XML business alliance:
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