Altova Mailing List Archives

Stylesheet vs. Transform

From: "Mabry, F. DR EECS" <df6954@-------------------->
Date: 6/12/2000 9:08:00 AM
My students asked me last term about the use of alternate names of
stylesheet and transform in XSLT.

At the time (and without any research on suggestions from others) I offered
the following guidance on when to use each:
(1)	When taking any XML material (from one or more XML sources) and
developing a single web page (including a frameset) rendering (either as a
response for a dynamic page) or as the HTM or HTML result to be stored for a
static response, use the term "stylesheet" in XSLT.
(2)	When one or more XML sources are processed to compose (a) one or
more XML versions of the information (for possible subsequent processing) or
(b) a set of related and inter-referencing web pages use the term
"transform" in XSLT.
(3)	If in (2) above specific styles of individual web pages are being
generated by imported/included XSLT then the "stylesheet" form might be
applied for each of the sub-references in the "transform" XSLT file.

Any comments on this suggestion with respect to guidance in the use of the
two words?  Note: the suggestions above are not complete mapping onto the
stylesheet/transform space.


Dr. Frank Mabry
Dept. of EE&CS, U.S. Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996
email: df6954@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Phone: (845) 938-2960

 XSL-List info and archive:


These Archives are provided for informational purposes only and have been generated directly from the Altova mailing list archive system and are comprised of the lists set forth on Therefore, Altova does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness, usefulness, non-infringement of intellectual property rights, or quality of any content on the Altova Mailing List Archive(s), regardless of who originates that content. You expressly understand and agree that you bear all risks associated with using or relying on that content. Altova will not be liable or responsible in any way for any content posted including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in content, or for any losses or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of or reliance on any content. This disclaimer and limitation on liability is in addition to the disclaimers and limitations contained in the Website Terms of Use and elsewhere on the site.