How to cite this paper

Hillman, Tomos. “XSLT Pipelines in XSLT.” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2015, Washington, DC, August 11 - 14, 2015. In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2015. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 15 (2015).

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2015
August 11 - 14, 2015

Balisage Paper: XSLT Pipelines in XSLT

Tomos Hillman

Senior Content Architect

Oxford University Press

Tomos Hillman is Senior Content Architect at Oxford University Press. At OUP, Tom is responsible for designing and maintaining custom data models for books, reference works and legal materials, as well as advising on digital workflows, internal training, and infrastructure for the XML team. He has also presented at XML London, and teaches at the XML Summer School in Oxford.

Copyright © Tomos Hillman 2015


Pipelines consisting of XSLT transforms are in common use, particularly in the publishing industry. The transformations as well as the pipelines themselves are re-usable, and may need to be run in several environments. This paper proposes two possible pipeline implementations where only the existence of an XSLT processor is guaranteed at run time, and discusses their advantages and limitations.