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So what is the primary usage for XSLT and how common is its use? The Tutorial presumes that you already know this. Is the primary use for webpages or not? If you have a collection of XML documents that contain a bunch of text data, and you don't need a relational database because it is static data, and you simply want to be able to temporarily convert a selected document from the collection into a nice readable format or webpage? Is XSLT usually performed by the browser or is the browser a "tool of last resort?" Or are there other standard software tools for managing this sort of data? Client-side tools? Server-side tools?

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So what is the primary usage for XSLT and how common is its use?

To transforming xml into other format like HTML.

The Tutorial presumes that you already know this.Is the primary use for webpages or not?

No, it can be use to transform xml into other document, but it is mostly tie to transforming xml into HTML.

If you have a collection of XML documents that contain a bunch of text data, and you don't need a relational database because it is static data, and you simply want to be able to temporarily convert a selected document from the collection into a nice readable format or webpage?

Yes, that's what a lot of sites do in my opinion. Sites with large data xml database, use exstenbile style sheet language transformation, to transform selective document to the srceen that is of interest to the visitor.

Is XSLT usually performed by the browser or is the browser a "tool of last resort?" Or are there other standard software tools for managing this sort of data? Client-side tools? Server-side tools?

It can be performed on either the server side or broswer, most popular broswer have it inplanted, but most large(to my opinion) have it install to not worry of the broswers compabilities.Other tools can be made to mangage this data. After all, it is just text. Edited by L8V2L

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