We obtain everywhere 𝒞α-regularity for vector solutions to a class of nonlinear elliptic systems whose principal part is the Euler operator to a variational integral with quadratic growth in and which satisfies a generalized splitting condition that cover the case
where , or the case
A crucial assumption is the one-sided condition
and related generalizations. In the elliptic case we obtain existence of 𝒞α-solutions. If the leading operator is not necessarily elliptic but coercive,
possible minima are everywhere Hölder continuous and the same holds also for Noether solutions, i.e., extremals which are also stationary with respect to
inner variations. In particular if , our result generalizes a result of Giaquinta and Giusti. The technique of our proof (using weighted norms and inhomogeneous hole-filling method) does not rely on -a priori estimates for the solution.