IDEA + Tomcat application integration questions

Hi all,
Background: I'm a completely new IDEA user (new to IDEA, as well as new to just about all development work at this level), and I'm wondering if the following is possible: I'm working with a webapp that runs in a Tomcat servlet. The application (XTF [1]) is a document search/display that dynamically converts XML to HTML via XSLT. I'd like to be able to debug the XSL stylesheets & their output in the running Tomcat instance - something I haven't been able to do with other IDEs.

I can start a local Tomcat instance in IDEA, but I'm not sure how to point IDEA towards the actual application (or to get it to load & run the application, etc etc etc). I understand that there are a number of additional steps towards a solution here and I don't mind noodling over some of them myself, but I'm not even sure where to start.

As I mentioned, I'm faced with a number of new tools. Is what I'd like to do possible?
Thanks in advance for your time & trouble - your help is greatly appreciated.

[1] http://xtf.cdlib.org/


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