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Re: [xml-dev] Why is there an "S" in XSLT?

> The "S" in XSLT stands for "stylesheet."  But in modern web design
> practices styling a document (i.e., adding text color, font-size,
> borders, and so forth) is accomplished using Cascading Stylesheets
> (CSS).  

hmm that isn't what it says in 
of which of course XSLT was originally a part.

> The niche that XSLT occupies is the "T" part -

That's why it's name is" XSLT" it is "XSL" (the styling language) with
"T" stuck on the end, because it's the "T"ransformation language _for_
"XSL". The fact that it can be (and these days perhaps more often is)
used for other transformations as well is a bonus.

> Shouldn't it really be called XLT (XML Language for Transformations)?

The fact that xslt rather pointlessly has two alternative names for the
top level element (xsl:stylesheet and xsl:transform) suggests that that
question is as old as the language.


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