How to Create XSLT From XSD


The XSD file format is part of the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). XSD files are XBRL taxonomies, which are dictionaries used by the language, according to The Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) is a programming language in the Extended Markup Language (XML) family, according to To create an XSLT from XSD, you can use Atova’s XMLSpy, Editix Lite or XML Copy Editor.


  • Download XMLSpy (see Resources).

  • Install and Run XMLSpy.

  • Click “Request a FREE Evaluation Key.”

  • Enter your name, company and email address and click “Request Now.”

  • Check your email account for the email from Altova.

  • Enter the keycode given in the email, click “OK” and click “Save.”

  • Click “File” and then “Open.”

  • Highlight the XSD file you want to turn into an XSLT file and click “Open.”

  • Click “File” and then “Save as.”

  • Select XSLT from the drop-down menu and then click “Save.”

Editix Lite

  • Download Editix Lite (see Resources).

  • Install and Run Editix Lite.

  • Click "File" and then click the "Open" button.

  • Select "XSD" from the drop-down menu, highlight the XSD file you want to change to an XSTL and click "Open."

  • Click "File" and then "Save as."

  • Select "All Files" from the drop-down menu, type in the new name of the file, change the file extension from ".xsd" to ".xslt" and click "Save."

XML Copy Editor

  • Download XML Copy Editor (see Resources).

  • Install and run XML Copy Editor.

  • Click "File" and then "Open."

  • Highlight the XSD file you want to turn into an XSLT and click "Open."

  • Click "File" and then "Save as."

  • Change the ".xsd" file extension to ".xslt" and click "Save."

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