RE: Rendering HTML via XSLT with multiple source XML d
> I've been working with XSLT files for a short while creating > simple html > applications such as maintaining glossaries of terms in XML and > rendering them via XSLT to .html pages. I've now been assigned a task > that requires an html page to be created from multiple XML sources of > different information. > > Can anyone provide me with a simple explanation, or a good web > reference, that summarizes how a single XSLT can be used to create > static HTML pages utilizing multiple source XML files of > different types > of information. Well, the simple and obvious answer is "use the document() function". But that's not the only way, and not always the best way. There are at least three other ways to get multiple inputs to a stylesheet: you can load them as XML entities, you can supply them as parameters to a transformation, or you can merge documents using a non-XSLT process (e.g. a SAX filter) in advance of transformation. You talk of creating static HTML pages, so you're obviously thinking of multiple output files as well as multiple inputs, and that raises further options of whether you're going to run one transformation to produce each output file or whether you want to produce multiple outputs from a single transformation. And then, you say the multiple source files are "different types of information", which suggests you probably want to keep the stylesheet modular so that different stylesheet modules are concerned with different "types of information". I also sometimes advise using modes, just to avoid accidental clashes between different sets of rules, and to maximise the opportunity for reuse. In short, if you're designing a substantial system then there are many degrees of freedom and one needs to know a lot more about the actual system requirements to decide what's most appropriate. > Do any of the XSL editing tools on the market support this feature? I tend to put the XSL tools into two categories: those that address the design of stylesheets, and those that only address the coding and debugging. I don't think any of the design tools (at least, the ones I've seen) currently give you much help with anything but rather simple transformations. > > > Thanks! > Brian Magick > Hope that's useful, and feel free to contact me directly: I think you've got my SoftwareAG email, which is less likely to suffer from hasty use of the delete key than things on this list! Mike Kay XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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