XML. And XSLT, DTD, XPath, XSL-FO, XLink, XPointer, SAX, and DOM. To the
uninitiated, all the talk about XML quickly dissolves into an alphabet soup
of W3C recommendations, abbreviations, and acronyms.
This column, with a minimum of technobabble and a good dose of hands-on work,
aims to indoctrinate you into the world of XML and to teach you how to use it
for Web publishing. In the next 12 issues of XML-Journal, I'll use tutorials
to expand your knowledge of XML and, after the first couple of columns,
expose you to a different member of the XML family of technologies or to one
of its close relatives.
Today I'll introduce you to XML and show how to create a simple XML document.
The next column will pick up where this one leaves off and will discuss the
fundamentals of structuring and marking up data. Subsequent columns will
address such core XML technologies as XSL, ... (more)
Introductions to XML all too often ignore the power of the attribute. It gets
neglected in favor of the element's ability to capture the structure of a
document or the meaning of content. But in developing flexible, reusable
document models and in capturing metainformation about structure or content,
the attribute's overlooked utility quickly comes into focus.
Overlooked, too, have been entities, with few introductions to XML freeing
them from their shroud of mystery. They are, however, a powerful method for
reusing content or code, both in documents and, as we'll see, in DTDs. To... (more)
The power and elegance of XSLT - the Extensible Stylesheet Language for
Transformations - stems from its ability to transform XML documents into
other output formats like HTML, fulfilling one of the original promises of
XML: separating content from presentation.
XSLT is particularly powerful because a single stylesheet can format all the
XML documents conforming to a DTD into HTML for publication on a Web site.
The stylesheet can also be used to automatically generate such features as a
hyperlinked table of contents, the building of which requires substantial
manual work without... (more)
No, the abbreviation DTD is not etymologically related to a similar
abbreviation from medical science, namely, DTs (or delirium tremens), a
violent delirium with tremors, which is induced by the prolonged use of
alcohol. Though in absorbing the intricacies of DTDs and trying to develop
your first one, you may begin to wonder whether the two terms are somehow
Even if you've mastered the basic syntax of XML, writing your first document
type definition can be brow-ruffling, not in the least because DTD syntax is
different from XML. This tutorial aims to ease you into DTD... (more)
This month's tutorial, the second in a series, picks up where last month's
left off - on the path toward publishing your résumé on the Internet as an
XML document. Last month (XML-J, Vol. 2, issue 5) I presented an overview of
XML, described its basic building blocks, and demonstrated how to create a
simple XML document.
This month, after reviewing XML's fundamental components, I'll guide you
through the process of marking up a résumé with XML. In doing so the column
touches on the fundamentals of structuring and marking up data as well as
some of the concepts - such as hierarch... (more)