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If there was a beginning,
then there was a time before that beginning.
And there was a time before the time
which was before the time of that beginning.
—- Zhuang Zi
This book is about XSLT, or XSL Transformations (XSL stands for Extensible Stylesheet Language), which is a language developed by W3C that can be used to transform XML documents. XSLT is so versatile that it can transform one kind of XML document to another kind of XML document, to an HTML document, or to a text document.
This book is for anybody who wants to use XSLT to transform XML documents to HTML documents. We will look at what XSLT is all about, how it is used for transformation to HTML, and especially how to write the XSLT documents for the transformation. Although XML to HTML is the focus of this book, the principles of transformation do not change whether you want to transform XML documents to HTML, XML, or text. Once you know how to produce HTML documents, you will possess the knowledge to produce the other two types as well.
Before we get into XSLT, we must become familiar with its four core specifications: XSLT, XML, XML Namespace, and XPath. All four specifications are W3C recommendations; in other words, they are standards for the Web and the final authority for XML, XSLT, XPath, and XML Namespaces. These specifications are available at ...
|3||Introduction to XSLT||21|
|4||XML Documents as Trees||67|
|8||Constructing the Result Tree||181|
|11||Idioms and Tips||213|
|12||A Case Study||239|
|13||Transforming to XML and Text||289|
|App. A Tools and Resources||313|
|App. B||Character Sets and Encoding Schemes||317|
|App. C||XSLT and XPath Reference||319|
Posted April 30, 2002
I am managing to learn a few things but this book is poorly written and hard to follow at times. I love reading technology based material and I have seen much, MUCH, better writing styles that are easier to follow. Don't order this one online, be sure to go to the store and spend a half our reading the first few sections. You will see what I mean.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2001
Posted June 3, 2001
This is one of the better texts on the subject of XSLT that I have seen. It will be of most use to web developers who need to publish XML documents on the web by converting the XML to HTML. The examples were very clear and the use of images, charts and tables were appropriate and helpful. Of particular note is how the author provides guidance on designing XSLT stylesheets within the context of developing a website. This is not an abstract or theoretical work, but a practical manual that will help you get your job done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.