As you know, XML, by itself, merely provides the constructs necessary to describe data; it offers no information about how that data is to be presented to a user. Hence, a requirement arises for a separate stylesheet language to handle the presentation aspects of an XML application. This stylesheet language is the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL), and it consists of the following three components:

  • XML Path Language (XPath), which provides constructs to locate specific nodes or node collections in an XML document tree

  • XSL Transformations (XSLT), which is responsible for restructuring, or transforming, XML data into a different format

  • XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO), which is responsible for the formatting and presentation of the result. ...

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