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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Designer 2007 Step by Step by Penelope Coventry

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Using XSLT

Data Views use XSLT to describe how to transform the XML data that SharePoint retrieves from a data source to HTML. SharePoint first converts the XML data into an XML tree, which represents the hierarchical structure of the XML elements and attributes, known as nodes. The Date Source Details task pane shows this hierarchical structure in a similar way to a folder structure on a file system, with the list or library represented as a Rows XML element, the list item represented as a Row XML child element, and each field represented as an XML attribute. (In XSLT, XML attributes are prefixed with the @ symbol.) The XSLT is then used to navigate the hierarchical structure, and the XML Path Language (XPath) is used to select one or more nodes. ...

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