At the heart of the XSLT stylesheet are template elements. All the information in your stylesheet that is output will pass through a template. In short, they are the most important element in a stylesheet, and they are where you will define all the information for how text, elements, and attributes are to be output by your stylesheet.

There are a few elements that are related to templates and their use, so let's take a closer look at templates and how they function in XSL.


The most important element in the stylesheet is xsl:template. This element has several attributes, including priority, mode, name, and match. The priority attribute allows you to specify a numeric priority level for the template. The mode attribute allows ...

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