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extensible stylesheet language (XSL)

Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) is an extended description language for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). XSL became necessary after the adoption of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) meta-language for formatting fonts

and layouts and does not interfere with the formatting capabilities of Cascading Style Sheet. The XSL language offers many more capabilities than this, since XSL can be used to represent documents or document parts in the form of blocks or lists, and to format XML document content. The XSL specifications contain the document content and all the information required for formatting the presentation, such as page dimensions with width and height specifications, type area with margin spacing, fonts, font sizes, and all data important for pagination

. XSL is used to describe transformations of XML documents into another file format.

Stylesheets can be used to define an XML document in different views. XSL can be seen as a subtype of XML that acts as an intermediate format for the Portable Document Format (PDF), Postscript and other printer languages.

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Englisch: extensible stylesheet language - XSL
Updated at: 20.10.2013
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