Saturday, April 13, 2013

XSL Procedure Goes Production in SAS 9.3

The XSL procedure is marked as production-ready in the second maintenance release of SAS 9.3. In truth, the earlier XSL procedure going back to SAS 9.2 was probably stable enough to rely on, but now SAS has given its stamp of approval to the procedure. The XSL procedure applies transformations to XML documents to produce other forms of XML or other documents such as PDF. The XML library engine in SAS cannot import every form of an XML table, so the XSL procedure could be especially useful in filling that gap by translating the XML data you have to a form of XML that SAS can import as a data set.