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XIST is an extensible HTML and XML generator. XIST is also a XML parser with a very simple and pythonesque tree API. Every XML element type corresponds to a Python class and these Python classes provide a conversion method to transform the XML tree (e.g. into HTML). XIST can be considered 'object oriented XSLT'.

XIST also includes the following modules:

  • astyle can be used for colored terminal output (via ANSI escape sequences).
  • color provides classes and functions for handling RGB color values. This includes the ability to convert between different color models (RGB, HSV, HLS) as well as to and from CSS format, and several functions for modifying and mixing colors.
  • make is an object oriented make replacement. Like make it allows you to specify dependencies between files and actions to be executed when files don't exist or are out of date with respect to one of their sources. But unlike make you can do this in a object oriented way and targets are not only limited to files, but you can implement e.g. dependencies on database records.
  • misc provides several small utility functions and classes.
  • sisyphus provides classes for running Python scripts as cron jobs.
  • daemon can be used on UNIX to fork a daemon process.
  • url provides classes for parsing and constructing RFC 2396 compliant URLs.
  • xpit is a module that makes it possible to embed Python expressions in text (as XML style processing instructions).
  • xml_codec contains a complete codec for encoding and decoding XML.


For documentation read the files in the docs/ directory or the web pages.

For installation instruction read INSTALL.rst or the installation web page.

For a history of XIST and a list of new features in this version, read NEWS.rst or the history web page.

For a list of old features and bugfixes read OLDNEWS or the old history web page.

For the license read


XIST is available via ftp, http, from the cheeseshop or as a debian package.

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