Just as web developers want to use standards on the client side, standards such as XSLT on the server side may be an efficient way to create good quality markup and other web output.
It can help avoid the hard coded or hard to edit HTML strings that are often seen in server side templates and scripts.
As an open standard, XSLT is reasonably universal, and skills can be easily transferable.
Some people don’t like it or have had bad experiences with it in the past.
But it can be a very powerful tool in the developer’s toolbox. Perhaps it is worth giving it another look?
This article looks at why XSLT could be useful as part of the View in an Model-View-Controller pattern, its benefits and potential drawbacks. Continue reading