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Saturday, December 16, 2017

How to Edit Documents Using an XSLT Editor

How to Edit Documents Using an XSLT Editor

XSLT is short for Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations, which in common lingo means it is a programming language meant to change XML documents into other type of documents, whether it is the same format or some other format like HTML or normal text. It is mainly utilized to convert the cryptic XML data into a more web page friendly HTML or XHTML data. Naturally from all this information it can be derived that an XSLT Editor is a program that takes care of the actual process of converting the data involved.


Programmers agree that XSLT is a type of declarative programming which means the paradigm it follows describes what the program does instead of how it does it. However, the basic principle the XSLT editor follows is quite straightforward and easy to understand for non-programmers. The entire process consists of four main components. The first one is the source document which is ideally an XML text which needs to be converted. The important thing to note is, throughout the entire process the source does not get replaced, but only a new document is created based on a preset format specified.


The second component is the XSLT Stylesheet module which is just a document specifying some rules of templates and step-by-step guides for the processor. The processor that was just mentioned is the third component in the model, and its purpose is to merge the input documents and convert the basic source provided.


Last but not the least- the fourth component is the output document which can be opened with any common program as it generally uses extensions like '.pdf' or '.png', etc. If it is an HTML or common text document, then it can also be opened using Notepad.


Beginners and neophytes in the programming world need not worry about the complications involved in the actual conversion of these documents. In fact, Windows XP and later generations of Operating Systems come equipped with MSXML3 library that also hosts an XSLT 1.0 processor. It is obvious that to manually convert all of these documents one needs to have a firm grasp over all these related programming languages, but these days there are so many options online from where one can download XSLT Editors like Oxygen XML Editor and XML Spy to easily get the job done. If there is any more confusion regarding the use of any XSLT Editor, there are tutorial videos online which guide the viewer through each and every step once the desired editor is being searched for.


To sum it up, it can be said that the best option is thoroughly studying these languages and then manually convertong the documents in a XSLT Editor. This gives the user the required space to customize the process according to his need. For novices, the best option is to download an XSLT editor, watch the tutorials discussing on related forums and then getting on with the conversion. With practice, the novice can soon turn pro.



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