StyleVision works as a graphical stylesheet designer that works with extended XSLT stylesheets that are also known in this context as StyleVision Power Stylesheets (SPS). They are used to control the display and entry of data in the Authentic View of XML documents and databases. StyleVision can also be used to specify the output design of an XML Document transformation.
StyleVision removes the complexity of creating stylesheets by allowing you to drag-and-drop within a UI and has an advanced entry helper window to create a graphical design for publishing your data in multiple formats.
In StyleVision, the SPS is created graphically; it is based on a schema, and can contain dynamic and static content. When a finished SPS is associated with an XML document or database, that document can then be edited in Authentic View, a free editor available from Altova. From there you can generate XSLT stylesheets, or generate finished output directly.
So with all this, what's new with StyleVision 2010?
• New design paradigm now gives you the option to create templates within layout containers and even optionally upload a blueprint image. Essentially what you get is a standard form-based document with absolute positioning for creating input forms containing controls fixed on the page, but also free-flow documents that are more suited for designing books, newspapers, documentation, and other items that are less concrete in their positioning. Best of all you can mix both types on different pages of a single document.
• Inline HTML, XSLT, XSL:FO processing commands gives you additional flexibility in your design, enabling you to use functionality that is not sometimes natively supported in StyleVision. User-defined items, namely user-defined elements or user-defined blocks, can be inserted at almost any point in a design template. You can use any XPath statement to specify the output for your design as well as the fact that you can import external XSLT files as part of your template design.