Editing XSL

12/16/07

Editing XSL

I’ve never had good luck finding an open source XSL editor for Windows - until now. I finally tried searching on SourceForge, and found XTrans. It’s intuitive, and seems to work as well as (or better than) the underlying MSXML engine. It includes a handy XPath query tester, too.

The program assumes you know XSL; it will give you a list of tags with short descriptions, but that’s about it. Still, it’s a major timesaver.

I know there are several expensive commercial offerings, but I don’t write XSL often enough to justify that.

Personally, I don’t care for XSL. I find it confusing and difficult to debug. I could write a C# program to parse the XML and create the output in less time than it takes to develop a transformation. XPath, on the other hand, is a wonderful timesaver.


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