Exactly. XSLT is just going to eat up a lot of your development time and makes things more complex than they need to be. Using something like CGI::Application (and HTML::Template if you do not like the Template Toolkit) will bring you results very quickly, while still producing maintainable applications with data management, logic and presentation cleanly separated.
One thing you should not forget in the mix is CSS. You can greatly simplify your HTML output by putting all the styling into CSS. If you were looking at XSLT you should not have trouble to get the concepts here.
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