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Why XML?

XML was created so that richly structured documents could be used over the web. The only viable alternatives, HTML and SGML, are not practical for this purpose. HTML comes bound with a set of semantics and does not provide arbitrary structure. SGML provides arbitrary structure, but is too difficult to implement just for a web browser.


XSLT provides a powerful transformation language for converting instances of XML into simple text, HTML, or other XML documents. We use the XSLT language, which itself uses XPath (used to search XML documents), to specify how an XML document is to be translated into the desired output.

CloverLink has been using XML and XSLT since their inception. We employ these technologies to provide proper separation between web site content (its underlying data and business function) and presentation (what the user sees and interacts with). In addition, we've designed and implemented several web services that perform data translation using XSLT. These services enable business partners and disparate business applications to seamlessly exchange data and interact with one another.