XSLT Quickly: A Tutorial and Concise User's Guide

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Geared toward new users of XSLT, this guide is a basic tutorial of the concepts and documentation manipulation techniques necessary for the most common XSLT tasks.

This guide for new users of XSLT features a cookbook which provides task-oriented recipes for tackling issues such as converting elements to attributes or reading in multiple documents at once, making it easier to find solutions to most development problems. Includes a glossary, a reference for XSLT ...

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Overview

Geared toward new users of XSLT, this guide is a basic tutorial of the concepts and documentation manipulation techniques necessary for the most common XSLT tasks.

This guide for new users of XSLT features a cookbook which provides task-oriented recipes for tackling issues such as converting elements to attributes or reading in multiple documents at once, making it easier to find solutions to most development problems. Includes a glossary, a reference for XSLT syntax, and a reference for using the popular XSLT processors.

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Part tutorial and part user's guide, this book covers the basics of XSLT and provides instruction for techniques in document manipulation. Guidance is provided on topics like: XPath; adding, changing, converting, copying, counting, and deleting elements; adding, converting, testing, and reusing attributes; XML markup; programming issues; XTML; browsers; numbering; sorting; stripping; and using whitespace. Appendices include an XSLT quick-reference, a brief primer on running XSLT processors, and a glossary. DuCharme is a programmer and a columnist for XML.com. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930110113
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob DuCharme (http://www.snee.com/bob) is a solutions architect at TopQuadrant, a provider of software for modeling, developing, and deploying semantic web applications. He came to TopQuadrant from Innodata Isogen, where he did system and architecture analysis and design for a wide range of global publishing clients as well as cochairing the 2008 Linked Data Planet conference in New York City. Earlier in his career, he oversaw SGML and XML development at Moody's Investors Service and then moved on to LexisNexis, where he did data and systems architecture as they made the transition to XML-based systems.

In the XML.com newsletter, editor Kendall Clark once wrote “Does anyone write tech prose as clear as Bob?” Bob is the author of Manning Publications’ “XSLT Quickly,” Prentice Hall’s “XML: The Annotated Specification” and “SGML CD,” and McGraw Hill’s “Operating Systems Handbook.” He's written over 70 pieces for XML.com and has contributed to Dr. Dobb’s Journal, IBM developerWorks, Nodalities, DevX, perl.com, XML Magazine, XML Journal, XML Developer, O’Reilly Books’ “XML Hacks,” and Prentice Hall’s “XML Handbook.” Bob received his BA in Religion from Columbia University and his Master’s in Computer Science from New York University. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Jennifer and their daughters Madeline and Alice.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
About this book xi
Acknowledgments xiv
About the cover illustration xv
Part 1 Getting started with XSLT 1
1 A brief tutorial 3
1.1 What is XSLT (and XSL, and XPath)? 3
XSLT and alternatives 5
Documents, trees, and transformations 6
1.2 A simple XSLT stylesheet 8
Template rules 9
Running an XSLT processor 11
An empty stylesheet 12
1.3 More element and attribute manipulation 13
Manipulating attributes 14
Attribute value templates 15
1.4 Summing up the tutorial 16
Part 2 XSLT user's guide: How do I work with... 21
2 XPath 23
2.1 Location paths, axes, node tests, and predicates 24
2.2 Axes 24
The child, parent, and attribute axes 25
Ancestor and ancestor-or-self 27
Preceding-sibling and following-sibling 29
Preceding and following 32
Descendant and descendant-or-self 35
Self 39
Namespace 40
2.3 Node tests 41
2.4 Predicates 43
3 Elements and attributes 47
3.1 Adding new elements to the result tree 47
3.2 Changing element names for the result tree 50
3.3 Parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, and other relative elements: getting their content and attributes 50
3.4 Previous, next, first, third, last siblings 53
3.5 Converting elements to attributes for the result tree 55
3.6 Copying elements to the result tree 57
3.7 Counting elements and other nodes 61
3.8 Deleting elements from the result tree 63
3.9 Duplicate elements, deleting 64
3.10 Empty elements: creating, checking for 67
3.11 Moving and combining elements for the result tree 69
Reordering an element's children with xsl:apply-templates 69
Moving text with xsl:value-of 71
3.12 Selecting elements based on: element name, content, children, parents 72
3.13 Adding new attributes 77
3.14 Converting attributes to elements 79
3.15 Getting attribute values and names 80
3.16 Testing for attribute existence and for specific attribute values 81
3.17 Reusing groups of attributes 82
4 Advanced XML markup 84
4.1 Comments 84
Outputting comments 84
Reading and using source tree comments 86
4.2 Entities 87
4.3 Namespaces 91
Namespaces and your result document 94
Namespaces and stylesheet logic 98
4.4 Images, multimedia elements, and other unparsed entities 104
4.5 Processing instructions 106
Outputting processing instructions 106
Reading and using source tree processing instructions 108
5 Programming issues 110
5.1 Control statements 110
Conditional statements with "If" and "Choose" (case) statements 110
Curly braces: when do I need them? 115
"For" loops, iteration 118
5.2 Combining stylesheets with include and import 126
xsl:include 126
xsl:import 128
5.3 Named templates 132
5.4 Debugging 133
Runtime messages, aborting processor execution 134
Keeping track of your elements 137
Tracing a processor's steps 140
Listing the nodes in an XPath expression 142
5.5 Extensions to XSLT 143
Extension elements 143
Using built-in extension functions 146
5.6 Numbers and math 149
5.7 Strings 153
Extracting and comparing strings 153
Search and replace 160
5.8 Variables and parameters: setting and using 164
Variables 164
Parameters 169
5.9 Declaring keys and performing lookups 173
5.10 Finding the first, last, biggest, and smallest 178
5.11 Using the W3C XSLT specification 182
Pairs of confusing related terms 183
Other confusing terms 185
6 Specialized input & output 187
6.1 HTML and XSLT 187
HTML as input 188
HTML as output 190
6.2 Browsers and XSLT 192
Internet Explorer 194
Netscape Navigator 194
6.3 Multiple input documents 195
6.4 Using modes to create tables of contents and other generated lists 199
6.5 Non-XML output 202
6.6 Numbering, automatic 205
6.7 Sorting 215
6.8 Stripping all markup from a document 224
6.9 Valid XML output: including DOCTYPE declarations 225
6.10 XML declarations 228
6.11 Whitespace: preserving and controlling 229
xsl:strip-space and xsl:preserve-space 230
Indenting 233
Adding and removing whitespace with xsl:text 236
Adding tabs to your output 239
Normalizing space 241
6.12 Generating IDs and links 243
6.13 XSL and XSLT: creating Acrobat files and other formatted output 247
6.14 Splitting up output into multiple files 253
Part 3 Appendices 257
A XSLT quick reference 259
A.1 Top-level elements 260
A.2 Instructions 263
A.3 No category 266
B Running XSLT processors 269
B.1 Running XSLT processors 269
B.2 Saxon 273
B.3 XT 274
B.4 iXSLT 275
B.5 Xalan-Java 276
B.6 Xalan-C++ 277
B.7 Sablotron 278
B.8 MSXSL 279
Glossary 281
Index 287
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    Excellent Resource!!!

    Perfect for anybody who has ever tried to understand XSLT but didn't know where to start. It helped me get over my hesitancy to explore XSLT. I highly recommend it!!!

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