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> Sorry, I wasn't thinking about the equivalent of the Fortran programmer,
> but rather the equivalent of the Fortran compiler writer, who probably
> DOES need a real copy of the standard.

which is why, by and large, commercial-quality compilers come to be
written by commercial outfits, to whom a few hundred quid on acquiring
the relevant standards is peanuts.

in any case, standardisation of xml and xsl isn't being done by iso
(unless iso gets an access of common sense some time soon, it's not
going to get a look in, even).  w3c standards are all freely
available, so that this whole sub-thread of the discussion is a
non-issue.

r