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W3C Publishes First Public Working Draft of XSL 1.0

Press Release

Contact America -- Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Sally Khudairi <khudairi@w3.org>
Contact Europe -- Ned Mitchell <ned@ala.com>
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Andrew Lloyd <allo@ala.com>
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Contact Asia -- Yumiko Matsubara <matsubara@w3.org>

"Adobe, as a producer of content authoring tools, has taken a leadership role in the development of XSL. We recognize this draft as a significant step in supporting XML as a key Web technology. By clearly separating the content of a document from its presentation, XML provides for content reuse. The role of XSL is to provide the presentation information. XSL complements CSS in that role and is significant because it provides more flexibility. We support the W3C's efforts to facilitate interchange on the Web and applaud this step toward increased flexibility and accuracy of Web content creation and reuse."
-- Tom Malloy, VP for Advanced Technology, Adobe Systems Incorporated

"XSL holds the promise of providing the world with its first media-independent style sheet specification. This W3C specification will allow you to efficiently publish both interactive Web pages and professionally designed printed documents from the same XML content."
-- Paul Trevithick, Chief Technology Officer, Bitstream Inc.

"As one of the earliest backers of XML, Enigma is excited by the initial draft of the XSL standard. XML promises to bring structured authoring and web publishing to the mainstream, allowing for massive data reuse. XSL is critical because it enables a reliable, highly formatted output to be published in multiple environments. In addition to native support of XML data, Enigma's style sheet editor facilitates the intuitive creation of XSL style sheets."
-- Mickey Kimchi, Vice President of Research and Development, Enigma, Inc.

"XSL, by making it possible to transform and display XML everywhere, is a key step in the evolution of XML as an e-business tool. IBM is pleased to be contributing to the progress of XSL, and looks forward to continuing to work with W3C on this and other initiatives."
-- David Singer, Senior Technical Staff Member and AC Representative for IBM

"Inso is excited and very pleased with the progress of the XSL Working Group. The first draft shows significant progress and validates Inso's plans to develop an enhanced stylesheet editor that combines XSL and CSS to produce high quality web, CD, and print output from a single XML source. XSL sits at the crossroads of electronic publishing, e-commerce, and client server computing; as such, XSL's requirements are both complex and important; again, Inso commends the W3C and the XSL Working Group for their hard work and commitment. "
-- Sebastian Holst, Vice President, Product Management, Inso Corporation

"XSL will be instrumental in providing a compatible migration path from today's HTML-based web to the XML Internet of the future. XSL will also provide powerful formatting services for XML documents and data. Lotus is pleased to support the release of the first XSL draft specification."
-- Alex Morrow, Lotus Fellow and Vice President of Advanced Technologies, Lotus Development Corporation

"Microsoft is excited about the publication of the XSL Working Draft. XSL is an important technology for enabling broad use of XML on the web. It provides a declarative mechanism for manipulating and presenting XML data within a web page or by a browser. XSL's goal of simplifying the delivery of XML content to the end user will give web publishers even richer XML-based solutions in the future. We are proud to have been an active member of the XSL working group and are pleased by the high level of interest generated by the Microsoft XSL Technology Preview Release. We expect XSL to meet with broad acceptance in the future."
-- Mark Ryland, Director of Standards Activities, Microsoft

"As a leading supporter of XML, Netscape is pleased by the release of the first XSL public working draft. Together with other W3C standards like HTML, CSS, DOM, and XML, XSL will provide developers greater power and control for documents and data on the Internet."
-- Jim Hamerly, VP, Netscape Communications Corporation

"Increasingly, the World Wide Web is becoming the backbone for business-to-business communications. But the complexity of business information has outstripped the formatting mechanisms that were built into HTML. As a result, RivCom and others have had to invent proprietary mechanisms for delivering sophisticated XML-based documents to the desktop. The XSL standard will eliminate these obstacles and bring industrial strength publishing to the Web. At RivCom we will migrate our XML-based publishing projects to XSL as soon as feasible, in order to bring our clients the benefits of this stable, robust, standardized mechanism for publishing XML."
-- Bernard Rivers, Managing Director, RivCom

"This is a great day for electronic publishing. With XSL, we can finally achieve the dream of truly open, interoperable, international publishing across all media and all platforms. XSL not only makes the development and management of a Web site more flexible and efficient, it increases the speed of information delivery."
-- Jon Bosak, Online Information Technology Architect and Chair of the W3C XML Working Group, Sun Microsystems

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