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Re: storing info in XSL-FO: new issue? [was: Draft TAG Finding:...]

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 08:10:07 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <87y9b780o0.fsf@nwalsh.com>

/ Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com> was heard to say:
| XSL-FO, however, does not have these charateristics. It's trivial to
| change text in an XSL-FO "document" and line breaks are not preserved.
| The only guarantee XSL-FO gives you is that the semantics is removed. 

Oh, nonsense. Could we please not resort to spreading FUD?

As a result of the XSL spec, I have access to several interoperable
publishing tools that allow me to take semantically meaningful XML,
apply an XSLT stylesheet to it, and produce useful, meaningful printed
pages that display a richness of presentation that is unavailable
through other similarly open means. It is, in that regard, a complete
success.

That I could employ XSL FO documents (they're documents whether you
put quotes around that word or not, Hakon) in ways that we would all
agree diminish the richness of the semantic web and/or reduce the
accessibility of information is analogous to saying I could use a
hammer to break into your house or a screwdriver to mug you.

In practice, hammers and screwdrivers are used for nefarious purposes
a vanishingly small percentage of the time. And when they are so used,
it says more about the individuals using them that way than it does
about the tools.

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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