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Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) is a versatile language used to transform XML documents into other formats, such as HTML for display on the Web, WML for display on WAP devices, or plain text. With the emergence of XML as the standard for information exchange, XSLT has become an essential language for all Web developers. XSLT: Working with XML and HTML is a comprehensive tutorial and reference to XSLT, covering the recently finalized World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard. This book will help you master XSLT features and XPath expressions. While it's focus is on using XSLT to transform XML to HTML, the fundamentals you learn can be applied to all other kinds of XSLT transformations. Looking deeper into the language, this book explains XSLT's tree-based view of the XML document. It covers paths, the transformation process, the XSLT control elements, how the output document is constructed, and how to use XSLT extensions. Specific topics discussed include:
  • XML and XSLT fundamentals
  • Converting an XML document to a tree
  • XPath expressions and context node
  • Matching templates and current node
  • Control elements in XSLT
  • Constructing the result tree and output document
  • XSLT idioms and tips for effective use
A complete case study using XML and XSLT to publish a Web site illustrates all the major concepts and techniques in the book. In addition, the CD-ROM provides the code for all the examples in the books, as well as the case study.
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Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) is a computer language used to translate XML documents into other formats, such as HTML for web browsers, or WML for display on WAP devices. As XML becomes the industry standard, XSLT has become increasingly important for web developers. This book and its accompanying CD-ROM provide a tutorial for XSLT mastery, with information on fundamentals of both languages, the conversion of XML into a tree, XPath expressions and content node, and XSLT tips for effective use. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201711035
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/20/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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PREFACE:
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.

The Main Specifications

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 ...

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 XML 9
3 Introduction to XSLT 21
4 XML Documents as Trees 67
5 Paths 89
6 Transformation 137
7 Control 161
8 Constructing the Result Tree 181
9 Combining Templates 199
10 Extensions 207
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
Suggested Resources 430
Index 431
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Currently using this book (or attempting to)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    You can't go wrong with this one

    This book gives a great overall description of how XSLT works and has easy to follow examples. Great book for someone new to XML and XSLT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2001

    XSLT, transformation and web applications

    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.

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