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Microsoft® Visual J#™ .NET (Core Reference) by John/Longshaw, Andy Sharp

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Chapter 6. Transforming XML

Creating HTML pages for display in browsers used to be frustrating because of the lack of control over how page content was displayed. The arrival of cascading style sheets allowed Web developers to assign new styles to HTML tags and thus provided more control over how the HTML page was rendered. As the XML standard was being formalized, work began on the XML Stylesheet Language (XSL) to provide a facility for controlling the rendering of XML documents in browsers. The developers of XSL quickly worked out that they had two distinct problems to solve: the conversion of XML into a format that would display well in a Web browser and the general conversion of an XML document into another XML dialect (or any other text-based ...

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