Transforming XML Document Using XSLT with XML Control

I am explaining the concept of transforming an XML Document using a well-defined XSLT incorporated with an Asp.Net XML Control.
W3C recommend two different style languages:
  1. CSS
  2. XSLT

XSLT stands for EXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations. The XSLT language transforms XML into a format interpreted by an internet browser. Generally we use XSLT when we want to do a transformation from an XML document into another XML document or convert an XML document into a HTML web page to create dynamic web pages.

Illustrate with an Example:

In our website we create an XML document. Here we will create a CollegeXML.xml document. It contains Student->Name and Branch like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

Now we create another document that is an XSLT document that transforms an XML document to a HTML document.

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="" xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt" exclude-result-prefixes="msxsl">
<xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes"/>
<xsl:template match="College">
<h1>Student Detail</h1>
<table border="1" bgcolor="Green" width="250">
<xsl:for-each select="Student">
<xsl:value-of select="Name"/>
<xsl:value-of select="Branch"/>

Elements in XSLT:

Element Description
<xsl:stylesheet> It is define root element of style sheet.
<xsl:output> It is define format of output created by style sheet. It is top level element.
<xsl:template> It contains rules to apply when a specified node is matched.
<xsl:for-each> It allows us to loop through multiple nodes that match the selection criteria.
<xsl:value-of> It can be used to select the value of an XML element and add it to the output.

Table 1: Elements in XSLT

Now we use an ASP.Net XML control to display this XLST information.

<asp:Xml ID=”college” runat=”server” DocumentSource=”~/CollegeXML.xml”TransformSource=”~/CollegeXLST.xslt”>

Property of XML Control:

Property Description
DocumentSource Source of XML Document
TransformSource Source of XSLT Document

Table 2: Property of XML Control




Note: Use CSS when you can, use XSL when you must.