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Sams Teach Yourself XSLT in 21 Days by Michiel van Otegem

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WEEK 1 Day 1 Getting Started with XSLT

With more and more people using Extensible Markup Language (XML) in their applications, the need arises for a generic language to manipulate XML documents. Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) is this language. It was developed by the W3 Consortium (W3C) and now has Recommendation status, the closest you can get to a standard on the World Wide Web.

Because XML documents themselves don’t contain any formatting information, you need something else to format and display the data so that it looks pleasant. With XSLT, you have a language to manipulate an XML document. From that document, you then can create another document that contains formatting information, such as Hypertext Markup Language ...

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