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Chapter 4. An overview of XSLT

Chapter 4. An overview of XSLT


And yet, my primer suits me so

I would not choose a book to know

Than that, be sweeter wise;

Might some one else so learned be,

And leave me just my A B C,

Himself could have the skies.

—EMILY DICKINSON, The First Lesson

XSLT is a relatively simple but very powerful language. Its power comes not from a plethora of tools or hairy syntax, but from the data model it uses and the very convenient way to access the data. XSLT’s data model is a tree of nodes corresponding to the tree of elements and character data in the source XML document, and XSLT’s method of accessing this tree of nodes is called XPath.


  

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