It is a very confusing yet thoughtful decision picking up a technology to create web pages when you have the data in XML files. Hence, comparison of XSLT vs CSS/HTML/jQuery is important to study.
The full form of XSLT is eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations.
A file with extension XSL is used for converting the data from XML format to the human readable format and CSS can be embed into this template to enhance the GUI.
The use of XSL template seems to be a burden while displaying the data on the HTML page. When a person thinks of it for the first time, few questions arise in the mind.
- Then, is there any advantage of using XSL?
Let’s see what the benefits of XSL language are and why it is used:
XSL helps in extracting data from complex XML (data file) file and converting into HTML format. XSL bridge the gap between complex XML-based documents and the CSS formatting model.
In simple terms, XSL is a language used to transform XML from one format to another. It takes the XML as input. Using some XSL tags, CSS and HTML gives XHTML as output.
The beauty of XSL is that you just need to include the reference of XML document and it will handle the transformation automatically at the browser/client side or this transformation can also be handled at the server side by using XALAN or Saxon engine.
Let’s clear the confusion first:
XSL – It’s a template that contains the formatting in the form of HTML/CSS and link to the XML file from where that data has been fetched.
Which means XSL is very different from CSS. On the other hand, CSS is used to give a stylish GUI to the data read using XSL.
In this case, it’s really up to the developer or architect developing what to choose for designing their application because both the technology has its own advantages.
- XSLT is a good solution for templating. The language and syntax are a bit unusual — “choose/when” instead of “case/switch” is a glaring example — but it does its job well.
I feel that using XSLT is not a good idea even if I have XML data that needs to be processed.
But most of the apache testing tools like Selenium and JMeter use XSLT reporting which brings in the confusion.
Please share your thoughts in comments section.