Re: XSL vs. XSLT, different syntax?

Subject: Re: XSL vs. XSLT, different syntax?
From: Mike Brown <mike@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 15:03:34 -0600 (MDT)
Xiaocun wrote:

> 1. I am converting a invoice-like XML into HTML, should I use XSL or XSLT?
> 2. In general, when to use XSL and when to use XSLT?

The only reason you should use the version of XSL supported by the MSXML 1
parser/processor that comes with IE5 is if you have a requirement to
support that specific environment. It is a dead language and will not be
supported in anything else. You can download an updated version of MSXML
(3 I believe is the current release) from and then run
'xmlinst' to merge it into IE5, if you want to support most of XSLT in the

You may find that until MSXML is completed and a new version of IE is
released with it installed, XML-> HTML transformations are better
accomplished with server-side, command-line XSLT processors that fully
implement the XPath and XSLT specs. I recommend you try Instant Saxon.

> 3. are the syntax similar just the names (such as value-of) changed?

There are significant differences.

> 4. where can I find an online tutorial on XSLT?

learn by example:

read a terse but thorough tutorial:

read a verbose but short tutorial:

   - Mike
Mike J. Brown, software engineer at         My XML/XSL resources: in Denver, Colorado, USA 

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