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XML Weekend Crash Course

ISBN: 978-0-7645-4759-1
384 pages
September 2001
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XML Weekend Crash Course covers the ins and outs of XML in 30 sessions. Each session is designed to take 30 minutes to complete, so the Crash Course is an intense 15-hour learning period. You can complete the Crash Course over a single weekend -- but you can also easily adapt the Crash Course sessions to whatever schedule best suits your needs.
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Table of Contents




PART I-Friday Evening.

Session 1-Introduction to Structured Documents.

Session 2-Why XML?

Session 3-A Simple XML Document.

Session 4-Using XML on the Web.


PART II-Saturday Morning.

Session 5-Creating XML Documents.

Session 6-Tour of XML Syntax: Elements and Attributes.

Session 7-Tour of XML Syntax: Special Constructs.

Session 8-Working with Well-Formed XML Documents.

Session 9-Specifying an XML Vocabulary with a DTD.

Session 10-Validating an XML Document and Expanding Its Structure.

PART III-Saturday Afternoon.

Session 11-Exploring XML DTDs: Specifying Attributes.

Session 12-Exploring XML DTDs: Creating Cross-References and Links.

Session 13-Exploring XML DTDs: External Files.

Session 14-Exploring XML DTDs: Special Characters.

Session 15-Exploring XML DTDs: Graphics.

Session 16-Publishing XML Documents: Introduction to XML Transformations.

PART IV-Saturday Evening.

Session 17-Simple Transformations with XSLT and XPath.

Session 18-Introducing the XML Path Language (XPath).

Session 19-Using XSLT and XPath to Select XML Content.

Session 20-Using XSLT and XPath to Fill an HTML Template.


PART V-Sunday Morning.

Session 21-Introduction to Displaying XML Documents.

Session 22-Formatting XML Documents with Cascading Style Sheets.

Session 23-Building Web Sites with XSLT -
Part I.

Session 24-Building Web Sites with XSLT -
Part II.

Session 25-Scripting XML.

Session 26-XHTML: An XML Vocabulary for the Web.

PART VI-Sunday Afternoon.

Session 27-Introduction to XML Schemas -
Part I.

Session 28-Introduction to XML Schemas -
Part II.

Session 29-Using Industry-Standard XML Vocabularies.

Session 30-Linking and Querying XML Documents.

Appendix A-Answers to Part Reviews.

Appendix B-What's on the CD-ROM.


Hungry Minds, Inc. End-User License Agreement.

CD-ROM Installation Instructions.
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Author Information

About the Authors Kay Ethier is manager of new business with Bright Path Solutions of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Kay is an accomplished writer and regular contributor to IT: Information Technology for Professionals, for which she writes on a variety of technology topics. She instructs technical courses on such topics as FrameMaker, FrameMaker+SGML, XML, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. In addition to teaching, Kay works with clients on paper and electronic publishing projects, manages internal corporate publishing projects, and lectures at national seminars and conferences. Alan Houser is co-founder and principal partner of Group Wellesley, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company that provides technical documentation and information management services to technology-based companies and organizations. Having more than 12 years of experience in the software industry, Alan enjoys developing solutions to support information management and information re-use, and he has designed enterprise-wide processes for writing, maintaining, and publishing technical documentation. He has presented on publishing solutions, including XML and SGML, at local and national conferences, and he provides classroom training to corporate audiences in XML and FrameMaker+SGML.
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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

ChapterPageDetailsDatePrint Run
83 Session 9
The second paragraph, which begins "The first step," should be deleted. An XML DTD does not contain an XML declaration.
106 Session 11
A comment is erroneously printed at the bottom of the page. The correct DTD fragment is:

<!ELEMENT child (#PCDATA | surname | birthplace)*>
<!ATTLIST child gender (female | male) #IMPLIED >

136-137 Session 14
"family14.dtd" should be "genealogy14.dtd" in the text and in the screenshot.
148 Session 15
The sentence "Save your DTD and go to your XML document." is shown as part of the DTD. This sentence is part of the book text, not the DTD.
235-236, 248 Session 23 and Session 24
Replace parameter "file" with "href" in the text and code examples. Recent versions of Saxon no longer recognize the "file" attribute.
Session 23 and 24
Download corrected sample code. Use WinZip to extract the samples to your computer.

Links to the following Microsoft Internet Explorer plug-ins may not resolve correctly:

  • MSXML 3.0
  • Xmlinst.exe Replace Mode Tool
  • Internet Explorer Tools for Validating XML and Viewing XML Output (iexmltls.exe)

If a link does not take you to the correct download area, use the Search field of the MSDN Web site to find the correct plug-in.

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