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[Bug 27613] [XSLT30] I18N-ISSUE-392: Decimal Format incomplete?

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Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:45:30 +0000
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Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|ASSIGNED                    |RESOLVED
         Resolution|---                         |LATER

--- Comment #6 from Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> ---
In response to this comment, the XSL WG attempted to identify where there were
differences between our current facilities and those described in TR35, and
reviewed the opportunities for further alignment. See the following member-only


For many of the missing features, the WG felt that XPath functions such as
format-number() and format-integer() will usually used within the context of a
Turing-complete programming language such as XSLT or XQuery, or at any rate a
language offering conditional expressions, such as XPath. Facilities such as
using different grouping positions based on the magnitude of the number could
therefore be readily achieved using the facilities of the host language, and it
would be a mistake to duplicate this functionality within the micro-language
used for defining numeric pictures. (Indeed, given a free hand, we would
probably drop some existing features such as support for percent and per-mille
if we were starting today.)

We did identify some features that are often requested by users, for example
padding, which we would be favourably inclined to add to the spec if we were at
a different stage of development; but since all these features have relatively
straightforward workarounds by writing user-defined functions to achieve the
task, we did not feel that these features were sufficiently urgent to justify
delaying the progression of XSLT 3.0 to CR, or XPath 3.1 to PR. At the current
stage of development we need to be brutal in rejecting "good ideas" that are
not essential to completion.

I am therefore closing this on the WG's behalf as "LATER", meaning that if we
ever get the charter and resources to produce another version of XSLT or XPath,
the comment will be taken into account as a candidate for inclusion in the
requirements for that version.

We thank the I18N group for drawing our attention to the opportunities in this
area, and we are hopeful that you will accept our decision of the disposition.

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