XSLT 2.0 WD feedback: Issue (evaluate-function)

This message pertains to the document: XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 
2.0 W3C Working Draft 20 December 2001

On the topic of "evaluation-function" issue, I'd like to suggest that the 
value of this feature will help to encourage the adoption of XPath, in many 
XML vocabularies.  While it may be adopted for modeling relationships within 
a document (that's the use for which I'd like to have been able to employ 
it), I question the characterization by some that this is an abuse.  To me, 
it seems a far more reasonable approach than inventing one's own syntax for 
tersely modeling such relationships (as I had to do).  Furthermore, with 
regard to the implications on static optimization, it seems to me that 
stylesheet processors would still have the opportunity to optimize 
stylesheets that don't use this function.  The decision would then be left 
up to the user as to whether maximizing runtime performance or minimization 
of development time is more important, and on a case-by-case basis.

Also, I have one issue that I'm not sure has been addressed (my apologies 
for not having read the WD fully, yet--I just skimmed through the sections 
that looked like they might address this): creating parsed entity 
definitions (in the output document's internal subset) & references (in the 
result tree, only) seems like it could make XSLT much more suitable for use 
as a tool for translating between vocabularies used as authoring formats.  
Also, along those lines, what about a mechanism (either style-sheet global 
or maybe as an inherited property of templates) for overriding the output 
format for specified  character entities?

Thanks for considering my feedback & congratulations on getting the WD 

Matthew Gruenke

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Received on Wednesday, 2 January 2002 05:48:57 UTC