RE: [xsl] output .net register directive

Subject: RE: [xsl] output .net register directive
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 15:57:10 +0100
> michael, this might be a very stupid question - but what is a 
> xslt serializer?

It's the piece of software that takes the result tree generated by your
stylesheet and turns it into a stream of characters (or bytes) representing
an XML or HTML document, under the control of the xsl:output declarations.

The significance is that you don't have to invoke the XSLT serializer. For
example, if you run a transformation in Mozilla the result tree is passed
straight to the HTML rendering engine, without first serializing it.
Similarly, in the MSXML world you often send the transformation result to a
DOM and then use the DOM serializer, which doesn't understand things like
xsl:output and disable-output-escaping.

Michael Kay

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