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This Recommendation builds on the success of [XSLT 1.0], which was published on 16 November 1999.Many new features have been added to the language (see J.2 New Functionality) while retaining a high level of backwards compatibility (see J.1 Incompatible Changes).

The way in which each requirement has been addressed is outlined in I Checklist of Requirements.This specification defines the syntax and semantics of XSLT 2.0, a language for transforming XML documents into other XML documents.XSLT 2.0 is a revised version of the XSLT 1.0 Recommendation [XSLT 1.0] published on 16 November 1999.XSLT 2.0 is designed to be used in conjunction with XPath 2.0, which is defined in [XPath 2.0].XSLT shares the same data model as XPath 2.0, which is defined in [Data Model], and it uses the library of functions and operators defined in [Functions and Operators].XSLT 2.0 also includes optional facilities to serialize the results of a transformation, by means of an interface to the serialization component described in [XSLT and XQuery Serialization].

This document contains hyperlinks to specific sections or definitions within other documents in this family of specifications.

These links are indicated visually by a superscript identifying the target specification: for example XP for XPath, DM for the XDM data model, FO for Functions and Operators.

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at

XSLT 2.0 depends on a number of other specifications that have progressed to Recommendation status at the same time: see [XPath 2.0], [Data Model], [Functions and Operators], and [XSLT and XQuery Serialization].

These subsidiary documents are also referenced in the specification of XQuery 1.0.

This document has been produced by the XSL Working Group, which is part of the XML Activity.