Introduction to XSL-FO
XSL-FO is about formatting XML data for output.
What You Should Already Know
Before you study XSL-FO you should have a basic understanding of XML and XML
If you want to study these subjects first, please read our
What is XSL-FO?
- XSL-FO is a language for formatting XML data
- XSL-FO stands for Extensible Stylesheet Language Formatting Objects
- XSL-FO is a W3C Recommendation
- XSL-FO is now formally named XSL
XSL-FO is About Formatting
XSL-FO is an XML-based markup language describing the formatting of XML data for
output to screen, paper or other media.
XSL-FO is Formally Named XSL
Why this confusion? Is XSL-FO and XSL the same thing?
Yes it is, but we will give you an explanation:
Styling is both about transforming and formatting information.
When the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) made their first XSL Working Draft, it
contained the language syntax for both transforming and formatting XML
Later, the XSL Working Group at W3C split the original draft into separate
- XSLT, a language for transforming XML documents
- XSL or XSL-FO, a language for formatting XML documents
- XPath, a language for navigating through elements and attributes in XML
The rest of this tutorial is about formatting XML documents: XSL-FO, also called
You can read more about XSLT in our XSLT Tutorial.
You can read more about XPath in our XPath Tutorial.
XSL-FO is a Web Standard
XSL-FO became a W3C Recommendation 15. October 2001. Formally named XSL.
To read more about the XSL activities at W3C please read our
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