[kwlug-disc] XML / XSL / XSD/ XSLT 'development' 'environment' / 'gui'?
sizma at golden.net
Fri Dec 6 12:54:04 EST 2013
On Thu, Dec 05, 2013 at 04:13:48PM -0500, Richard Weait wrote:
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] XML / XSL / XSD/ XSLT 'development' 'environment'
> / 'gui'?
> 1) regexes to hack the XML. This is the stupidest idea in the world.
> Regexes are not suited to XML and vice-versa. Don't do this. But it
> works, sometimes, FVSO "works".
I think you overstate your case, a bit. If you're using a
programming language like python, of course you're going to use
regexes -- but it's impossible (as far as I can tell) to handle
the kind of nesting in XML with regexes. You need a stack for
that (or a list). But with numerous parsers available to do that
kind of work for you in a lightning-fast manner, you rarely need
to even think about that.
If the XML is well-formed and the data is highly structured (more
like a table than a tree), then converting the tags to requests
for some sort of formatting language using a simple scripting
language like sed or awk is not a big deal.
> 2) hack the HTML. use the existing / working xsl and then
> post-process by hacking the resulting HTML by changing the CSS. html
> and css editing tools are fairly mature and not too user-hostile.
I agree, there's a definite advantage to getting the data into
something as simple and structured as HTML, especially if the end
result is going to be a paged document. But CSS does not have
much in the way of page-breaking algorithms, so CSS-based tools
might not be adequate.
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