RE: [xsl] how to understand a complex stylesheet

Subject: RE: [xsl] how to understand a complex stylesheet
From: George James <GeorgeJ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 11:56:05 -0000
The discussion at that site mentions PXSL which is a non-XML way of
expressing XSL templates.

I find this idea very attractive and helps to visually differentiate the
XSLT components from the XML literal result elements.

I'm aware of PXSL, NiceXSL and XSLSscript.  All are trying to do similar
things, but to me each one has its own strengths and weaknesses.  There is
also XQuery which uses non-XML syntax to process XML data (although this is
really a different animal).

Some kind of visual modeling/design tool that generated XSL would be a very
interesting idea.


George James Software
An InterSystems Technology Partner

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Norman [mailto:michael.norman@xxxxxxx]
> Sent: 14 December 2004 11:27
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [xsl] how to understand a complex stylesheet
> Hello everyone.
> I am writing a paper for university concerning mainly XSLT.
> One chapter is about getting into/understanding complex
> stylesheets. Since it is not easy to comprehend big
> stylesheets and it is often cumbersome to get acquainted
> with stylesheets, I am looking for ways to make this process
> easier. That is, I try to find ways like visualizing
> stylesheets or anything that is usable for understanding
> one. But it seems to me, that there is quite few information
> and research going on about this topic. I had a lot of
> problems finding anything, the only result I have so far is
> a SVG visualization by Chimezie Ogbuji, at
> Can anyone give me some hints or information about stuff
> like this? I would really appreciate your help!
> Thanks in advanced,
> greetings,
> Henning

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