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Expand your XSLT vocabulary with conditional constructs, loops and variables

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In the first part of this article, I explained the need and rationale for XSLT, together with some of the basic concepts. I demonstrated how XSLT uses template rules to extract data from an XML data source, build a result tree and present it in a different manner. Finally, I examined two of the basic XSLT constructs, <xsl:value-of /> and <xsl:apply-templates />, and illustrated, with examples, how they could be used to print node values and recursively traverse an XML source tree.

In the concluding part of this article, I will be examining a bunch of other XSLT constructs, all designed to make your XSLT experience that much more enjoyable. Some of these constructs are extremely simple and logical; others offer capabilities typically found only in programming languages. Regardless, they are bound to come in useful as you slowly move your development activities to XML and XSL.

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