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[xsl] Diffing XML

Subject: [xsl] Diffing XML
From: Emma Burrows <Emma.Burrows@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:36:03 +0100

I have a requirement to produce an end-user-readable "checklist" of all the
places where an XML file has changed since the last version, with custom
explanations of what each difference is. I'm able to run diffs which are fine
for my own purposes, but the end users need the differences spelled out more
precisely in plain language (eg: "there is an extra paragraph here", "the text
'xyz' has changed", "the attribute 'audience' has been changed to 'book'"

Being an XSLT developer, I'm thinking of using an XSLT stylesheet to work on
the "new" version of the file, document() in the "old" version, and then
compare the nodes in the "new" version to those in the "old" version,
generating appropriate messages into an HTML output as I go along.

Does that sound like a reasonable approach? Are there existing tools or
examples that might do what I'm after? Any recommendations on the best way of
comparing individual nodes? I am planning to do this in Oxygen 14 so the world
is my oyster as far as XSLT is concerned. :)

Just looking for general suggestions to point me in the right direction.

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