Use of the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) for medical data transformation.

Yoonho Seol, S. B. Johnson, J. Starren

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Recently, the Extensible Markup Language (XML) has received growing attention as a simple but flexible mechanism to represent medical data. As XML-based markups become more common there will be an increasing need to transform data stored in one XML markup into another markup. The Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) is a stylesheet language for XML. Development of a new mammography reporting system created a need to convert XML output from the MEDLee natural language processing system into a format suitable for cross-patient reporting. This paper examines the capability of XSL as a rule specification language that supports the medical XML data transformation. A set of nine relevant transformations was identified: Filtering, Substitution, Specification, Aggregation, Merging, Splitting, Transposition, Push-down and Pull-up. XSL-based methods for implementing these transformations are presented. The strengths and limitations of XSL are discussed in the context of XML medical data transformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-146
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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