XSLT to Python script conversion?

Mike C. Fletcher mcfletch at vrplumber.com
Mon Feb 13 17:28:49 CET 2012

On 12-02-13 06:20 AM, Matej Cepl wrote:
> Hi,
> I am getting more and more discouraged from using XSLT for a 
> transformation from one XML scheme to another one. Does anybody could 
> share any experience with porting moderately complicated XSLT 
> stylesheet 
> (https://gitorious.org/sword/czekms-csp_bible/blobs/master/CEP2OSIS.xsl) 
> into a Python script using ElementTree's interparse or perhaps xml.sax?
> Any tools for this? Speed differences (currently I am using xsltproc)? 
> Any thoughts?
> Thank you,
> Matěj
I wound up rewriting the Docbook to XSL transformation for PyOpenGL's 
docs in Python using lxml.etree and Kid (now reworked to use Genshi).  
However, that was a fairly direct translation, it has only a handful of 
strategies for transforming nodes from docbook to xhtml.  That said, it 
took our processing time down from 
so-long-I-just-didn't-want-to-work-on-the-docs down to 


Is the repository where the project lives.  It *also* does a lot of 
other processing, but the generate.py, model.py and 
templates/section.kid files are all you need to look at to understand 
the docbook processing.


   Mike C. Fletcher
   Designer, VR Plumber, Coder

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