As a web application developer, I tend to use XSLs very frequently, so I used the following technique to test my XSLs without spending money in buying professional XML/XSL editors like Oxygen. This trick will quickly allow you to test your XSL using XALAN's command line utility:

  1. Copy XML, XSL and XSLT processor jar in one folder. I am using XALAN(Download it from here) with jre 1.6(which should be installed on your machine). If you want to run this in many folders, you should put xalan.jar in one central location and add it to your CLASSPATH
  2. Run the following command in that directory 
  3. C:\test > java -cp c:\xalan.jar org.apache.xalan.xslt.Process -IN input.xml -XSL transformer.xsl -OUT output.xml
  4. output.xml is ready

To learn more about this command line utility, visit http://xml.apache.org/xalan-j/commandline.html and start saving money and time.

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