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xslt

i have been playing around with some extremely cool xslt for the last few days. some code i have written outputs a huge amount of logging information which needs to be read by several different audiences - users, support and developers. so i output the logs to an xml file and then depending on who you are run it through a different xsl transformation to display the data you are interested in.

it's surprisingly fast and very flexible, something i will have to spend more time on in the future.

meanwhile, i have done a fair chunk of my christmas shopping, online as ever. online shopping is great, you can get some really interesting presents at good prices. it only falls down at the delivery stage. luckily most of my parcels have gone through dhl who offer online tracking and then hold them for me until a saturday when i am around for them to be delivered.

the tracking is always interesting. i bought one item from spain and here is the log so far:
November 19, 2002 18:00 Madrid - Spain Shipment picked up
November 19, 2002 19:42 Madrid - Spain Departing origin
November 19, 2002 22:17 Madrid - Spain Departed from DHL facility in Madrid - Spain
November 20, 2002 01:21 Brussels - Belgium Arrived at DHL facility in Brussels - Belgium
November 20, 2002 04:44 Brussels - Belgium Transferred through Brussels - Belgium
November 20, 2002 20:47 London-Heathrow - UK Transferred through London-Heathrow - UK
November 21, 2002 04:35 East Midlands - UK Transferred through East Midlands - UK
November 21, 2002 12:53 New York City-Gateway, NY - USA Clearance processing complete at New York City-Gateway, NY - USA
November 22, 2002 04:03 New York City-Gateway, NY - USA Departed from DHL facility in New York City-Gateway, NY - USA
November 22, 2002 04:03 New York City-Gateway, NY - USA Transferred through New York City-Gateway, NY - USA
November 22, 2002 05:13 Newark, NJ - USA Arrived at DHL facility in Newark, NJ - USA
November 22, 2002 05:13 Newark, NJ - USA Transferred through Newark, NJ - USA

and it still has to come back to the uk!