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XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language: Transformations) is a language that, according to the very first sentence in the specification (found at http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/), is primarily designed for transforming one XML document into another.

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Here, the word "very" is used to put additional emphasis on the word it modifies: "first". It's a shorthand for saying

XSLT is a language that, according to the specification — in fact, not just any place in the specification, but the first sentence of it —, is primarily designed for transforming one XML document into another.

Or:

XSLT is a language that is primarily designed for transforming one XML document into another — that's what the specification at http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/ says right in its first sentence.

  • nicely explained ... – Radek Nov 22 '10 at 8:34
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In this case, "very" is used to give emphasis to "the first sentence."

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It is used in the sense of "true". "Very" is derived from a Latin word which means true. It is the root of veritas.

  • Yes, but this meaning is archaic and little used in the modern language. – Colin Fine Mar 8 '11 at 17:39
  • @ColinFine: It nevertheless explains this usage very well. – SamB Feb 22 '12 at 0:07

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