Another addition to the web design toolbox, XSLT editor is the latest technology that every designer is looking out for.
XSLT, the abbreviation for eXtensible Stylesheet Language is mainly designed for creating the XML documents. The tool is primarily designed to perform the function of transforming the XML styling into XHTML sheets. Designed by World Wide Web Consortium, the language first evolved in the form of XSL and then later as XSLT, XPath and also XSL-FO.
In CSS, the Stylesheets for HTML, predefined HTML tags are used for a proper use and understanding. This further helps the different browsers to display the HTML perfectly according to their styling. With CSS, displaying the stylish fonts or other colors is extremely easy.
However, with XSL things are quite different, particularly in the case of tags. The new styling system uses tag-names without any predefined tags. This only makes the XSL styling a lot difficult to understand. As a result, whenever a browser comes across the XSL styling, it gets confused about displaying it. This is particularly caused because in HTML tags define table or any other thing.
Well, with XSLT, there are more than 100 in-built functions, which include: string values, date and time comparison, numeric values, node, sequence manipulation, QName manipulation, Boolean values, etc. Apart from these notable functions, there are also several other functions with XSLT which can be easily observed when using the editor. The prefix for Function namespace is “fn:” and while calling a function, the prefix will be “fn:string()”. Also, if you are calling yet another function “fn:” you need not add a prefix to it.
This XSLT editor helps to transform the simple XML docs into the XHTML documents. It will also help the XML documents transform into the several other XML documents. XPath is also another general language that is use for the easy navigation of the XML documents. However, the most crucial use of the XSL language is when the XSLT gets recognized by any browser like the HTML and also the XHTML sheets. This is exactly where the XSLT helps.
The XSLT editor helps transform the XML source into the XML result, by simply removing and adding attributes and elements from an output file. Other styling rearrangements such as sort elements, make decisions on hiding and also displaying elements and perform test are also made possible with XSLT editor.