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I'd prefer to be on a mountain top far away from any tarpit, than only partially submerged in a tarpit.

The mountain tops are modern JavaScript engines. How much work have Mozilla, Google, Apple, IBM and many other big organizations and excellent engineers poured into making XSLT run fast and efficiently in the last decade, compared to how much has been applied to JavaScript? Can you cite any interesting SIGPLAN articles about XSLT optimization? Have any commercial games shipped using a ray tracer implemented in XSLT?

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