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 Another Site Makeover

This time the aim was to speed up the development and deployment of a mainly static web site using XSLT page styling before the site is deployed to the server. Almost every page on this site has now been automatically styled using the same XSLT stylesheet to give a consistent and easily-changed look and feel without requiring complex and resource-hungry server-side technology for every page view.

Each page is described in a style-neutral XML form, and the complete site is processed and generated using Ant, especially the built in "style" task which runs the pages through the site stylesheets. Ant then deploys the site locally for testing. When I'm happy with everything, another Ant task deploys all the changed files out to the live server. Smooth.

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