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XSL, Extensible Stylesheet Language, is a family of recommendations for defining XML document transformation and presentation. It consists of three parts:

  • XSL Transformations (XSLT) - a language for transforming XML
  • the XML Path Language (XPath)- an expression language used by XSLT to access or refer to parts of an XML document. (XPath is also used by the XML Linking specification)
  • XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) - an XML vocabulary for specifying formatting semantics

An XSLT stylesheet specifies the presentation of a class of XML documents by describing how an instance of the class is transformed into an XML document that uses a formatting vocabulary, such as (X)HTML or XSL-FO. Is is an alternate standard related to CSS. They are compared in the table below:

Can be used with HTML? yes no
Can be used with XML? yes yes
Transformation language? no yes
Syntax CSS XML

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  • DocBook is a program that aid in XSL styleheets for XML documents.
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