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Chapter 7. Importing and Exporting > Transforming XML with XSL

Transforming XML with XSL

Putting all of your data into XML presents a problem—how the heck do you get it into a form that people can look at it? InDesign is certainly one answer, but there’s another, and that’s XSL. XSL, or Extensible Stylesheet Language, exists to transform XML into other formats.

Once upon a time, there was only one Web browser (Mosaic), which ran on a single type of device (a computer). HTML did a reasonably good job of displaying data (Web pages) in that browser on that device. But the Web grew. These days, we have multiple browsers (Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Opera) running on multiple platforms (telephones, Palm OS devices, Windows, the Mac OS, television sets). An HTML format that works well for one of these viewing environments probably won’t work for the others. So Web site developers faced a problem: how could they avoid writing and maintaining multiple versions of their HTML pages?


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