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Chapter 10. XML > The Extensible Stylesheet Language

10.4. The Extensible Stylesheet Language

The Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) is one of the most intricate parts of the XML specification. As of this printing, the XSL specification itself is undergoing many revisions; the information presented here comes from the XSL specification dated 16 December 1998, which is classified as a "work in progress." A final W3C recommendation is expected from the XSL working group by August 1999. If you wish to obtain more recent information on the standard, we encourage you to visit the W3C XSL working group home page at http://www.w3.org/Style/XSL/.

As we mentioned, XSL works by applying element-formatting rules that you define to each XML document it encounters. In reality, XSL simply transforms each XML document from one series of element types to another. For example, XSL can be used to apply HTML formatting to an XML document, which would transform it from:


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