I think that an XSLT resource tailored for archivists would be of real
value. My efforts at learning XSLT (ongoing) were made immeasurable easier
by being able to take apart and reconstruct the stylesheets included in the
cookbook. Several online tutorials were helpful but seeing directly how it
applied to EAD was the best way for me to learn.
I am not sure what form such a resouroce would take, but I imagine it
including some of the following: XSL examples from various institutions,
descriptions of institutional practices, annotated lists of selected
publications and software people have found useful, links to online
tutorials, a FAQ, and a "useful code" library (a place where people could
submit tricky bits of XSL for others to make use of). Ideally it would be a
place where persons new to XSL could be pointed down the right path and
where more experienced XSL users could share ideas.
I would be very much interested in helping create and maintain such a
Michael Rush - Manuscript Processor
Massachusetts Historical Society
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> Stephen Yearl
> Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 9:52 AM
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> Subject: XSL(T) FAQ?
> A seemingly large portion of messages to this list concern XSL,
> and other somewhat technical themes, and while this is perhaps
> not the best forum for discussing these more technically oriented
> issues, it makes sense for EAD-XSL questions to be asked here. It
> would further appear to me that some help documentation in this
> area might prove useful to a number of people.
> Such documentation already exists in many places, on the web and
> in print, but I wonder if specifically archival examples would
> better illustrate some XSL (and related) issues. The Guidelines,
> Chapters 4-6, are one great resource, as is the Cookbook; perhaps
> these can be supplemented with an XSL FAQ/ tutorial/ annotated
> "code library" ?
> What do others think? Would this be useful to you, what form
> should it take? Would you be interested in collaborating in
> producing such documentation?
> Stephen Yearl
> Systems Archivist
> Yale University Library::Manuscripts and Archives