It started with XSL and ended up with XSLT, XPath,
It Started with XSL
XSL stands for EXtensible Stylesheet Language.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) started to develop XSL because there was
a need for an XML-based Stylesheet Language.
CSS = Style Sheets for HTML
HTML uses predefined tags, and the meaning of each tag is well
The <table> tag in HTML defines a table - and a browser knows
how to display it.
Adding styles to HTML elements are simple. Telling a browser to display
in a special font or
color, is easy with CSS.
XSL = Style Sheets for XML
XML does not use predefined tags (we can use any tag-names we like), and
therefore the meaning of each tag is not well understood.
<table> tag could mean an HTML table, a piece of furniture, or
something else - and a browser does not know how to
XSL describes how the XML document should be displayed!
XSL - More Than a Style Sheet Language
consists of three parts:
- XSLT - a language for transforming XML documents
- XPath - a language for navigating in XML documents
- XSL-FO - a language for formatting XML documents
This Tutorial is About XSLT
The rest of this tutorial is about XSLT - the language for transforming XML
To learn more about XPath and XSL-FO, visit our
XPath Tutorial and our
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