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The SCATA Jargon Buster is a compilation of many of the confusing terms and acronyms used in Health Informatics. It was compiled from various sources and is maintained by the SCATA membership.
If you are are a SCATA member, you can add and edit jargon terms from the member's area
Non-members can use the contact page to submit a new term or acronym, or to update an existing one.

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XML

Extensible Markup Language

A subset of SGML. More flexible than HTML. Can be used to transmit structured messages, e.g. pathology results. See www.w3.org/xml.

XSLT

Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation

XSL and XSLT are members of the XML family. XSLT is a language for transforming XML documents into other XML documents.
XSL consists of three parts:

  • XSLT - a language for transforming XML documents
  • XPath - a language for navigating in XML documents
  • XSL-FO - a language for formatting XML documents

Here is a good introductory tutorial.