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Inside XSLT

The <xsl:stylesheet> Element

XSL stylesheets begin with the XML declaration because they are well-formed XML documents, so planets.xsl starts with this same declaration:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    .
    .
    .

The XML declaration is stripped off by the XSLT processor immediately, however, and won't figure in our XSLT discussion. The first element of an XSL stylesheet that is pure XSL is the <xsl:stylesheet> element (not to be confused with the <?xml-stylesheet?> processing instruction, which goes in the XML document). Some people have objected to the name of this element, because it's usually used in XSLT transformations, so W3C also allows you to refer to this element as <xsl:transform>.

Here's how you use this element:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
    .
    .
    .

The following list includes the attributes of <xsl:stylesheet>:

The content of this element can consist of any of the following top-level XSL elements: <xsl:attribute-set>, <xsl:decimal-format>, <xsl:import>, <xsl:include>, <xsl:key>, <xsl:namespace-alias>, <xsl:output>, <xsl:param>, <xsl:preserve-space>, <xsl:strip-space>, <xsl:template>, or <xsl:variable>. XSLT 1.1 added <xsl:script> to this list.


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Created: September 20, 2001
Revised: September 20, 2001


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