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hpr2425 :: Intro to XSL

A brief introduction to XSL and xsltproc

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Hosted by Klaatu on 2017-11-17 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
docbook, xml, xsl. 2.
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Duration: 00:41:42


Sure, you can use pandoc to process your Docbook XML, but why not learn a little XSL this weekend?


You must have xsltproc installed. It's available from your software repository.

Here is some sample XML for you:

<xml version="1.0">
    My name is <author>Foo</author>.

    You're listening to <emphasis role="bold">Hacker Public

And here's the complete XSL as demonstrated:

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="" version="1.0">

  <xsl:template match="para">

  <xsl:template match="emphasis">

  <xsl:template match="emphasis[@role='bold']">

  <xsl:template match="author" name="host">

      <xsl:when test="$host = 'Klaatu'">

      <xsl:when test="$host = 'Gort'">



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Comment #1 posted on 2017-11-19 22:49:47 by Dave Morriss

This was really interesting

I enjoyed this a lot. It was very clearly explained and the example was helpful.

I tried to understand XSL back in 2012 when writing Bash scripts to let me download music from Magnatune. They held their catalogue in XML at that time (now it's in a SQLite database) and I used xsltproc and XSL to extract stuff. I didn't find any very clear explanations of what could be done in XSL at that time, though I winged it by copying examples and using trial and error.

Your links seem to fill in many of the gaps in my understanding, so thanks for them too.


Comment #2 posted on 2017-11-21 07:37:38 by Klaatu

Re: This was really interesting

Glad you enjoyed in! I just can't wait for your LaTeX episode!

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