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Totally new to XML. Have been learning it for a few weeks and am wuite happy with it. But bored as well! I want to move forward with it with the use of extensible style sheets. Now i have read up on this and keep seeing XSL in some places, XSLT in others. My request for help is 2 fold:

1 - Could someone PLEASE tell me the difference between the 2? Im guessing that XSL is the name of the document used to cause the transformation and XSLT is the process in motion? Maybe not. Also..

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The term XSLT means a language for transforming XML defined by W3C. There are two versions 1.0 and 2.0.

The term XSL is used in a wide variety of ways and it's best to avoid using it without qualification. Originally XSL was XSLT + XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO). But some people use it to mean XSL-FO, and some people use it to mean XSLT. Other people use (or at one time used) it to mean the 1998 Microsoft dialect of XSLT. Most people who use the term "XSL" haven't actually worked out what these distinctions mean.

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