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Re: Proposal for bootstrapable DOM and CSSOM

From: Arnaud Le Hors <lehors@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 14:56:16 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <3835AAA8.D781BAA2@us.ibm.com>
To: Daniel.Glazman@der.edf.fr
CC: www-dom@w3.org, www-style@w3.org, xsl-list@mulberrytech.com
Daniel Glazman wrote:
> > May I point out that, as a matter of fact, the DOM is already defined in
> > XML? As described in the Production Notes [1], the spec (HTML), the IDL
> > definition, the Java and ECMAScript bindings are generated from a single
> > XML source document.
> Yes, and this is an excellent starting point. But things stop on the
> textual description. 

Sorry, I don't understand what you mean. We generate the actual IDL [1]
and Java [2] files as well as the textual description (in HTML). We only
have a textual description of the ECMAScript binding because the
language doesn't have any such thing as an interface we could use.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-DOM-Level-2-19990923/idl.zip
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-DOM-Level-2-19990923/java-binding.zip 

> We would like to see a XSLT solution for each binding.

You mean an XSLT file that generates the IDL

> > For historical reasons, this is not achieved with XSL, but I would
> > expect this to be possible. The DOM WG has actually discussed several
> > times the idea of switching to XSLT, the only reason we haven't done so
> > is a lack of resources. A lot of time has been spent on developing the
> > tools we currently use and, while admittedly it would be very neat to
> > do, we just can't afford doing so.
> Arnaud, who's that "we" ? IMHO the cost of such an extension is worth
> doing it, if compared to the possible benefits.

The DOM Working Group.

> > Arnaud  Le Hors - IBM Cupertino, XML Technology Group
> BTW, how are things going ?-) Correctly installed ?

Fine, thank you. :-)
Arnaud  Le Hors - IBM Cupertino, XML Technology Group
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