Creating a Menu Using XSLT, XML, and JavaScript
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Published: 27 Nov 2006
Abstract
In this article you will be introduced to XSL technology and its direct effect on your web applications. Integrating JavaScript with XSL will give you the ability to control your application on the client side without making your users wait until the page is processed on the server.
by Haissam Abdul Malak
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Introduction

Extensible Stylesheet language (XSL) is a language used to express style sheets.  You use XSL to define how data should be displayed, styled and laid out.  It was developed with the need of creating XML based Stylesheet language.

XSL is based on three concepts as described below.

·         Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) is a language to transform the xml document into html, text or even another xml file.

·         XPath is a language to navigate through elements, attributes and elements' values in xml documents.

·         Extensible Stylesheet Language Formatting (XSL:FO) is a language for formatting xml documents.

This article assumes that you have a minimum understanding of the XSL functionality in order to keep up with this demonstration.  For more information please visit http://www.w3schools.com/xsl/xsl_intro.asp.

In this article we will create a horizontal menu.  This menu contains main items.  Once any item is clicked, sub items will be shown or hidden beneath the item clicked.  All the items and sub items are being read from an XML document which makes modifying the menu an easy job to do.

To create this menu we have to complete the following steps.

·         Create an XML document containing the items and sub items to be shown in the menu.

·         Create an XSL file which will navigate through the XML document.

Add C# code that will transform the XSL and the XML into an HTML document or use the XML server control found in ASP.NET.


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Title: XSLT   
Name: Maheswari
Date: 2009-06-18 5:44:39 AM
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Name: deepali
Date: 2009-05-12 1:52:19 AM
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Name: Haissam Abdul Malak
Date: 2007-11-09 3:56:35 AM
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Title: Creating a Menu Using XSLT, XML, and JavaScript   
Name: Fred
Date: 2007-05-25 1:36:36 AM
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Excellent article!
Even though it was written awhile ago and little things have changed, it's still the best explanation I've found on the web. You should expand & update this one (like XslCompiledTransform should now be used instead of XslTransform). Thanks again for a great article!
Title: how to display horizontal menu uisng XML,XSL and JavaScript   
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Title: Re:resulting HTML is Dirty with many HEAD Body ,Script file   
Name: Haissam Abdul Malak
Date: 2006-12-08 5:32:39 PM
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Thank u patil for your notice, i was busy these days anyway i took a quick look over the project and i saw the dirty html. As soon as i can, i will solve this and get back to u.

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Title: resulting HTML is Dirty with many HEAD Body ,Script file   
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See the view source of the resulting HTML which is Dirty with many HEAD Body ,Script section repeated many times
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Name: Haissam Abdul Malak
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i would like to let you know that all your comments are appreciated.

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Name: Rana D
Date: 2006-12-01 1:29:18 PM
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What you have just turned the light on is one of the problems we always face and try to solve. It is a great way of Solving or analyzing it this way and I want to congratulate you. We faced this problem and i suggested your idea, and we used both: your way when the xml is not a big file and user control as Keyvan Nayyeri said it is large.
Thus, I would like to thank you ;) and keep your efforts on, we will need them one day.
Best Wishes!
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Title: Thank you   
Name: Haissam Abdul Malak
Date: 2006-11-29 9:21:00 AM
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Thank u guys for your comments, i hope this article was informative.

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Name: Haissam Abdul Malak
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Dear,
the purpose of this article was to show a demonstration about XSLT capabilites eventhough you are right.

Thank you for your comment.
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Haissam,

Don't forget an important point here. Using XSL Transforms to build a menu can have a performance cost (especially for large XML files and complicated transforms) so it's absolutely better to apply this in a user control and use cache on server to improve performance.

Good article :-)

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