Working with Altova Stylevision


The eXtensible Stylesheet Language for Transformations is a core XML technology for both presentation and middleware layers of enterprise applications. This training course teaches students to write their own XSLT files to transform XML into XSL-FO for RTF PDF, or HTML. The course uses the Stylevision product from Altova as the tool of choice, but also goes beyond the tool so that students can understand the documents that have been created.

Duration: 2 days

Who is it for: This training course is aimed at developers who need to be able to create XSLT files to transform XML into other formats.

Layout: The training course combines lectures with practical exercises that help the delegates to put what they have learned on the training course into practice. The exercises specifically build on what has been recently taught and are built up as the training course progresses.


  • Understand the XSLT mechanism
  • Write XSLT Templates using Stylevision
  • Understand the role of the pre-defined templates in XSLT
  • Write XPath expressions for use in XSLT documents created in Stylevision
  • Use XPath functions in Stylevision
  • Use the XSLT flow control elements
  • Understand the XSL-FO document structure generated by Stylevision
  • Configure document settings for PDF generation
  • Work with tables and pagination using Stylevision


Introduction to XML

  • What is XML?
  • XML Syntax
  • Well formed XML
  • Where XML fits into applications

Introduction to XSLT

  • Uses of XSLT
  • XSLT transformation mechanism
  • XSLT Templates

Introduction to Stylevision

  • The Design View
  • The Authentic View
  • The HTML Preview
  • The PDF Preview
  • Creating a basic stylesheet

Introduction to XML Schemas

  • XML Schema Fundamentals
  • Reading an XML Schema in Stylevision


  • Accessing elements
  • Accessing attributes
  • XPath axes
  • XPath predicates
  • Working with XPath using Stylevision

XPath Functions

  • Number functions
  • Formatting functions
  • Text functions
  • Using functions from Stylevision

XSLT Flow Control

  • The for-each construct
  • The if construct
  • The choose, when, otherwise construct
  • Applying conditional and looping constructs using Stylevision

Creating PDF Output

  • Introducing XSL-FO
  • The core XSL-FO elements
  • Basic formatting in XSL-FO
  • Using Stylevision to format XSL-FO documents

Advanced PDF Output

  • Handling page breaks
  • Positioning
  • Working with images
  • Working with colours

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