Perform client-side XSL transformations in Dreamweaver
Learn how to perform client-side XSL transformations in Dreamweaver. Also, learn to create XSLT pages and link them to XML pages.


The user interface has been simplified in Dreamweaver CC and later. As a result, you may not find some of the options described in this article in Dreamweaver CC and later. For more information, see this article.

Workflow for performing client-side XSL transformations

You can perform client-side XSL transformations. Read about server-side and client-side XSL transformations and about using XML and XSL with web pages before building pages that display XML data.

The general workflow for performing client-side XSL transformations is as follows (each step is described in other topics):

Set up a Dreamweaver site.

Create an XSLT page or convert an HTML page to XSLT.

  • In your Dreamweaver site, create an entire XSLT page.

  • Convert an existing HTML page to an entire XSLT page.

Attach an XML data source to the page (if you haven’t already done so).

The XML file that you attach must reside in the same directory as the XSLT page.

Bind your XML data to the XSLT page.

Display XML data by binding the data to the entire XSLT page.

If appropriate, add a Repeating Region XSLT object to the table or table row that contains the XML data placeholder(s).

Attach the XSLT page to the XML page.

Post both the XML page and the linked XSLT page to your web server.

View the XML page in a browser.

When you do so, the browser transforms the XML data, formats it with the XSLT page, and displays the styled page in the browser.

Create entire XSLT pages and display data

You must use an entire XSLT page for client-side transformations. (XSLT fragments don’t work for this type of transformation.) Follow these general steps for creating, binding XML data to, and formatting XSLT pages for client-side transformations:

Create the XSLT page.

Display data in the XSLT page.

Display repeating elements in the XSLT page.

After you have an entire XSLT page with dynamic content placeholders for your XML data, you must insert a reference to the XSLT page in the XML page.


The XML and XSL files you use for client-side transformations must reside in the same directory. If they don’t, the browser will read the XML file and find the XSLT page for the transformation, but will fail to find assets (style sheets, images, and so on) defined by relative links in the XSLT page.

  1. Open the XML file that you want to link to your XSLT page.
  2. Select Commands > Attach an XSLT Stylesheet.
  3. In the dialog box, click the Browse button, browse to the XSLT page you want to link to, select it, and click OK.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog box and insert the reference to the XSLT page at the top of the XML document.