Re: [xslt] Executing xslt scripts

On Thu, 2006-01-26 at 11:00 -0500, Daniel Veillard wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 10:47:33AM -0500, Scott Bronson wrote:
> >         #!/usr/bin/xsltproc
> >         <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
> >         ....
> >         </xsl:stylesheet>
>   that's no more XML so that's not XSLt anymore.

That file is perfectly valid XML with a shebang line at the top.  Since
a shebang will never, ever appear in well-formed XML anyway, I don't see
what the issue is.  It doesn't break the spec.  It just allows xsltproc
to process another type of file.

> > - It makes filters much easier to specify in programs.  Right now, to
> > specifyiing xslt filters in liferea is a drag.  You need to type
> > "xsltproc ~/transform.xslt -" -- a 3 arguments.  If tt.xslt were an
> > executable file, then you could specify it as you do any other filter,
> > with a standard file dialog.  That's much easier!
>   not that much easier, but certainly breaking the spec

Maybe I didn't explain very well... Liferea allows the user to select a
transform script using the standard file dialog.  However, because
xsltproc can't handle scripts marked executable, Liferea must *also*
inlcude a way for the user to type in a command line.

For many (most?) Gnome users, selecting a script in a file dialog is
trivial, typing in a command line is unheard of.  Easier?  It's
night-and-day easier!

> > - It would make my life nicer to not have to have to write shell script
> > to automate simple transforms.
>   I don't know why 3 args forces to write a shell script.

It's not the number of arguments that forces me to write a shell script.
It's the fact that I can't launch an xslt script simply by specifying
the file.  If xsltproc would ignore the shebang line, then everything
would just work.

I guess I don't understand your resistance, Daniel.  As far as I can
see, the upside is that it makes it much easier for non-technical users
to run xslt transforms.  And the downside is...?  That xsltproc will
accept a type of file that it wouldn't accept before?

    - Scott

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