XSLT and XPATH : A Guide to XML Transformations

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Using XSLT and XPath, developers can take full advantage of virtually any XML data in both Web applications and printed documents. Guide to XML Transformations: XSLT & XPath delivers a thorough understanding of the concepts and inner workings of Xpath and the XSLT processing model. Leading XSL experts Zarella Rendon and John Robert Gardner teach XSLT and XPath through extensive example code, explained line by line. Guide to XML Transformations assumes basic HTML and/or skills, but no familiarity with programming concepts. Readers can utilize its hands-on exercises to quickly begin performing substantive transformations of XML to HTML and, soon after, to virtually any other format.
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  • Mixed media product | 592 pages
  • 175.26 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 861.82g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130404462
  • 9780130404466
  • 2,149,799

About John Robert Gardner

JOHN ROBERT GARDNER, Ph.D., is an Architect with Sun Microsystems, Inc., a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software, and services that power the Internet and B2B.

ZARELLA L. RENDON is Senior Applications Engineer and co-founder of ISOGEN International, a leading provider of XML and SGML solutions. She is a member of the W3C XSL Working Group.
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Gain total control over your information with XSLT and XPath!

Master XSLT and XPaththe "keys to the XML kingdom"Build custom XML output solutions that won't become obsoleteLearn everything from basic XML-to-HTML conversions to leading edge techniques CD-ROM includes all examples from the book

Mastering XSLT and XPath gives you unprecedented control over your informationand helps you leverage virtually every new XML technology, from XLink to schemas. Discover XSLT's powerful vocabulary of easy, programming-like features, and learn how to build custom solutions that resist obsolescence. By the end of the first chapter, you'll be performing XML-to-HTML conversions for display in any Web browser. Then build on your knowledge through a series of hands-on examples that transform you into an XSLT/XPath expert!

XSLT as an XML document instance: leveraging your existing XML skillsXSLT stylesheet concepts and constructs: fundamental through advanced levelXPath patterns and functionsXSLT subroutine functions and variablesXSLT processing of multiple nodes: iterative and conditional XSLT elementsControlling output optionsXSLT extensions, and more

Whether you're an experienced programmer or a novice markup specialist, here's your chance to master XML's most potent tools for organizing, updating, and delivering digital informationany data, anywhere, any time!

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Table of contents



1. Anatomy of an XSLT Stylesheet.

What Is Markup? What Is XSLT? What Is XPath? XSLT Stylesheet Concepts. Terminology for XSLT. Climbing `Round the Family Tree: Addressing in XSLT.

2. Fundamental Concepts of XSLT Stylesheets.

Boilerplates for XSLT Stylesheets. Embedding Stylesheets in XML Documents. XSLT Stylesheet Terminology. XML Components of XSLT Stylesheets.

3. Advanced Stylesheet Concepts.

Templates: The Building Blocks of Transformations. Built-in Template Rules.

4. XPath Expressions.

XPath Syntax and Terminology. Abbreviations.

5. XPath Functions.

XPath Function Library. The Node-set Core Function Group. String Core Function Group. Boolean Core Function Group. Number Core Function Group.

6. Building New XML Documents with XSLT.

Creating Elements with LREs. The Instruction Element. Creating Attributes with the Instruction Element. The Top-Level Element. The Instruction Element. Adding Attributes to LREs. Comments and Processing-Instructions. Namespace Aliases.

7. Using Multiple Stylesheets.

Working with External Stylesheets. Template Rule Processing and Priorities.

8. Working with Variables.

Declaring and Binding Variables. Result Tree Fragments. Using Variable References. Comparing and . Comparing to and .

9. Duplication, Iteration, and Conditional XSLT Elements.

The Instruction Element. The Instruction Element. The Instruction Element. The Element. The Instruction Element. The Instruction Element. The Instruction Element.

10. Controlling Output Options.

The Top-Level Element. The and Top-Level Elements. Generating Error Messages and Logs.

11. XSLT Functions and Related XSLT Elements.

XSLT Function Groups. String XSLT Functions. The Boolean XSLT Function Group.

12. XSLT Processors, Extensions, and Java.

XSLT Processors. Extension Elements and Functions. Namespaces. Java. Commercial XSLT Processors.

13. Xalan, Saxon, and XT.

Xalan. Saxon. XT. Generating Multiple Output Files Using Saxon, Xalan, or XT.

Appendix A: Case Studies.

Lists. MARC Records: The ATLAS Project from ATLA-CERTR at Emory University. The Harvard-Kyoto Classics Project with Vedic Literature.

Appendix B: Grouping Using the Muenchian Method.

Appendix C: Using XSLT for the Artificial Intelligence "N-Queens" Problem.

Architecture. The Stylesheet. Final notes.

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