I was pretty well ROTFL after reading this Daily WTF (via XSLT Blog). OK, so that code isn't even really doing l10n. I'm not sure what the coder thinks it's doing. It's a complete exercise in useless cut and paste. But it's worth noting that you can do the task of competent l10n in a tenth of the tag load used in the WTF example (see Docbook XSL), and you can even do it using a tenth of the tag load used in Docbook, if you don't mind using an XSLT extension module.