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[xml-dev] ANN: Pretty XML Tree Viewer

In February 2001, Jeni Tennison and I wrote the ASCII XML Tree Viewer,
an XSLT stylesheet that produces a plain text representation of an XML
document's XPath/XSLT node structure, incorporating 'ASCII art' styles
to show the node relationships.

I have just now (October 2001) produced a new version that produces
very similar output, but with colorful, concise HTML and CSS1
formatting. I am very pleased with the results, at least when viewed
in HTML+CSS1 capable browsers.

This version also features some non-CSS improvements that I intend to
incorporate in the ASCII version eventually.

The intended audience for this is beginners needing help with
XPath/XSLT model visualization, as well as advanced XML application
developers. (It is quite handy for debugging an XSLT processor
implementation, for example).

Please see


for the XSLT and CSS stylesheets, plus sample output.

Let me know if there are any bugs or room for improvement. Thanks.

   - Mike
  mike j. brown, fourthought.com  |  xml/xslt: http://skew.org/xml/
  denver/boulder, colorado, usa   |  personal: http://hyperreal.org/~mike/