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Call for Implementation: XSL 1.0 Becomes a W3C Candidate Recommendation

Date:      21 Nov 2000 19:58:43 +0100
From:      Max Froumentin <>
Subject:   Call for Implementation: XSL 1.0 Becomes a W3C Candidate Recommendation

W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) 1.0 to Candidate Recommendation status.

Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL)

  Version 1.0
  21 November 2000
  Authors and Contributors: 
                Sharon Adler, IBM
                Anders Berglund, IBM
                Jeff Caruso, Pageflex
                Stephen Deach, Adobe
                Paul Grosso, ArborText
                Eduardo Gutentag, Sun
                Alex Milowski, Lexica
                Scott Parnell, Xerox
                Jeremy Richman, BroadVision
                Steve Zilles, Adobe

1. Excerpt of the Abstract

XSL is a language for expressing stylesheets. It consists of two parts:

  1. a language for transforming XML documents, and

  2. an XML vocabulary for specifying formatting semantics.

An XSL stylesheet specifies the presentation of a class of XML documents by describing how an instance of the class is transformed into an XML document that uses the formatting vocabulary.

2. Results of the Last Call

The comment period for the Last Call Working Draft produced a wide range of comments from the developer community and W3C working groups.

Disposition of Comments

There were no minority objections.

3. Exit criteria

Candidate Recommendation Review Exit Criteria

The WG proposes the following exit criteria:

  • Sufficient reports of implementation experience have been gathered to demonstrate that XSL processors based on the specification are implementable and have compatible behavior.

  • An implementation report shows that there is at least one implementation for each basic formatting object and property.

  • Providing Formal responses to all comments received.

4. Description of what Candidate Recommendation status means

The W3C Process Document describes the Candidate Recommendation status of a specification in Section 6.2.3:

Advancement of a document to Candidate Recommendation is an explicit call to those outside of the related Working Groups or the W3C itself for implementation and technical feedback.

5. Status of this document

This document is a W3C Candidate Recommendation. The XSL WG considers this specification to be stable and encourges implementation and comment during the CR review period. The Candidate Recommendation review period ends on February 28, 2001.

Please send detailed comments and reports of implementation experience to before the end of the CR review period. Archives of the comments are available. More general public discussion of XSL takes place on the XSL-List mailing list.

Should this specification prove impossible to implement, the Working Group will return the document to Working Draft status and make necessary changes. Otherwise, the Working Group anticipates asking the W3C Director to advance this document to Proposed Recommendation.

This document has been produced as part of the W3C Style Activity by the XSL Working Group (members only).

A list of current W3C working drafts can be found at They may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use W3C Candidate Recommendations as reference material or to cite them as other than "work in progress".

for Tim Berners-Lee, Director
Janet Daly, Head of Communications

XSL-List info and archive:

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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