Journal of International Technology and Information Management

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This paper explores Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) for authoring, presenting and managing system requirements. A field study is presented that explores the influence of XML schema and XSLT rendering and modeling templates on stakeholder communications. The study is of an e-commerce project where an evolving business model and changing partnerships forced the requirements team to continually adapt XML and XSLT tools to capture requirements. Coding procedures categorized resulting repositories of XML documents, XML schema, XSLT templates, stakeholder interviews, field notes, e-mails, and business documents. Qualitative techniques are applied to derive a model summarizing the influence of XML schema, and XSLT rendering and modeling templates. Implications for researchers and practitioners are discussed, including how XML tools support stakeholders by customizing presentations, assisting negotiations and enhancing traceability.