XML+XSLT -> (X)HTML
Transforming XML into Something Easier
Give the browsers what they want
Since a lot of users are using browsers that don't present XML very well, and since XML is easily transformed, why not transform XML into HTML?
XSLT lets developers reorganize and modify content during the transformation. Different XSLT templates can present radically different views of the same base information.
XSLT is not familiar to most Web developers or designers, and not always beloved. Transformation approaches require either distribution (offload processing to the client) or caching to be effective. Maintaining XSLT stylesheets can be an interesting job all its own.
It works, more or less
If browsers won't evolve beyond HTML, developers interested in taking advantage of new toolsets have to do the work themselves.
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