XML Pocket Reference

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Overview

XML, the Extensible Markup Language, is the next-generation markup language for the Web. It provides a more structured and more powerful medium than HTML, allowing us to define new document types and stylesheets as needed. Although the generic tags of HTML are sufficient for everyday text, XML gives us a way to add rich, well-defined markup to electronic documents.

The XML Pocket Reference, Second Edition, is both a handy introduction to XML terminology and syntax, and a quick ...

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Overview

XML, the Extensible Markup Language, is the next-generation markup language for the Web. It provides a more structured and more powerful medium than HTML, allowing us to define new document types and stylesheets as needed. Although the generic tags of HTML are sufficient for everyday text, XML gives us a way to add rich, well-defined markup to electronic documents.

The XML Pocket Reference, Second Edition, is both a handy introduction to XML terminology and syntax, and a quick reference to XML instructions, attributes, entities, and datatypes. Although XML itself is complex, its basic concepts are simple. This small book serves both as a perfect tutorial for learning the basics of XML, and as a reference to the XML specification. This second edition includes information on XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) and XPath.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402877490
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/8/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 107
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Eckstein has coauthored several books for O'Reilly & Associates, including Java Swing, Webmaster in a Nutshell, and the upcoming Using Samba.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
XML Terminology 2
Unlearning Bad Habits 3
An Overview of an XML Document 5
A Simple XML Document 5
A Simple Document Type Definition (DTD) 9
A Simple XSL Stylesheet 10
XML Reference 13
Well-Formed XML 14
Special Markup 14
Element and Attribute Rules 17
XML Reserved Attributes 19
Entity and Character References 20
Document Type Definitions 21
Element Declarations 22
ANY and PCDATA 22
Entities 26
Attribute Declarations in the DTD 29
Included and Ignored Sections 34
The Extensible Stylesheet Language 37
Formatting Objects 38
XSLT Stylesheet Structure 39
Templates and Patterns 40
Parameters and Variables 43
Stylesheet Import and Rules of Precedence 44
Loops and Tests 45
Numbering Elements 46
Output Method 47
XSLT Elements 48
XPath 70
Axes 73
Predicates 74
Functions 76
Additional XSLT Functions and Types 79
Xpointer and XLink 81
Unique Identifiers 81
ID References 82
Xpointer 83
XLink 87
Building Extended Links 90
XBase 96
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Okay in a pinch

    I use this sometimes, must admit not my favorite. Sorry. I think there are better books available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    Great!!!

    This is a great reference guide for those who are new to XML. This book makes learning XML easy and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    Nice 'Quick-Start Guide'

    This pocket reference could almost be called a 'mini-introduction to XML.' The basic concepts of XML, like what a 'well-formed XML document is,' descriptions of XML elements and attributes, and document type definitions are described here. There's also a section devoted to Xtensible StyleSheet Language, which as its name implies is the 'stylesheet' used with an XML document. Code examples throughout the book help illustrate each concept and make it easier to grasp the information presented. XML is still an evolving technology and the book's author acknowledges this. Even so, this is a nice guide to refer to about basic XML rules.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    excellent quick reference

    This book should be subtitled: 'Learn the Basics of XML in Under an Hour'.

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