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Chapter 23. Custom Web Publishing > About the FileMaker XSLT Extensions

About the FileMaker XSLT Extensions

All XSL transformations need to be performed by an XSL processor of some kind. An XSL processor should conform to some standard flavor of XSL (currently 1.0). But XSL processors are also free to add their own extensions; like proprietary extensions to Web browsers, this practice stands to increase the range of actions you can perform with a given XSL stylesheet, but risks the creation of stylesheets that work well with only one XSL processor. Stylesheets for CWP work well in only a FileMaker environment anyway, so this is not a serious concern.

The Web Publishing Engine's XSLT processor obviously adds some extensions because it's capable of triggering FileMaker database actions. But it also has a host of other extended capabilities. Some of these you've seen already, such as the capability to access all the parameters of the HTTP request that invoked the stylesheet. With similar syntax, you can get access to the user's IP address, username, and password, as well as the address of the server from which the stylesheet is being served.


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