XSL Transformations

Although you can use existing markup languages to process XML, as we saw with CSS in Chapter 7, “Using XML with Existing Stylesheet Technologies (CSS),” there are better solutions for working with XML—specifically, the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL).

As we learned in Chapter 8, “The New Wave of Stylesheets: XSL,” there are a number of things you can do with XSL, not just limited to formatting XML for display in print or on the Web. Although XSL Formatting Objects deal with formatting XML for display, there is another Recommendation closely tied to XSL, which is XSL Transformations, or XSLT.

XSLT was created in 1999 as a spinoff Recommendation from the XSL Recommendation. The editors of the XSL draft recognized the potential ...

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