Re: [xsl] is there any tool that automatically generates XSLT?

Subject: Re: [xsl] is there any tool that automatically generates XSLT?
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 08:13:04 -0500
At 2004-02-17 03:27 +0000, Donal Regan wrote:
Does anyone know of any tool out there that can
automatically generate the required XSLT if it is
given a sample input file and output file?

I think that's the same as asking "is there a tool that looks at my data and my output and writes a C program to produce it?" ... if such a tool existed there would be a lot of people out of work!

But, if you asked "is there a tool that will generate an XSLT stylesheet from an annotated output file where the annotations reflect properties of the input file?", there is a partially-developed free resource on our web site called "LiterateXSLT" that does just that.

I experimented with the concept to write the UBL 0.70 XSLT stylesheets for XSL-FO: I created the XSL-FO output first, then annotated it in a private namespace with information about the source file, pressed the button and out came an XSLT stylesheet that worked with any XML input file that matched the annotations. I shipped those XSLT stylesheets unaltered because they were sufficiently detailed and structured to be standalone stylesheets.

I say "partially developed" because when I went to generalize what worked for me for UBL to a truly general solution, I hit a brick wall on the rationalization of concatenated XPath location path expressions due to the limitation of the first step of a location path. I'm thinking that with XSLT 2 LiterateXSLT probably could become a truly generalized solution for annotating candidate results and synthesizing XSLT stylesheets.

I don't have the time or the problems to solve needed to progress the experimentation into anything of production quality.

I've released the first version of LiterateXSLT as a free resource under the modified BSD license, so you can download it and play with it if you want.

I hope this helps.

...................... Ken

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