Restructuring information in an XML document so that it works in other formats used to be a time-consuming ordeal involving lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Now XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) makes the process nearly instantaneous. Just provide an example of the kind of information you’d like to see, and XSLT does the rest. With XSLT you can effortlessly transform XML documents into virtually any kind of output, including other XML documents and HTML pages. But mastering XSLT can be tricky, especially if you’ve never worked with XML or HTML; and most books on the subject are written for people who have. Here comes XSLT For Dummies to the rescue!
XSLT For Dummies is your ticket to quickly mastering XSLT—no matter what your prior programming experience. Writing in easygoing, plain English, XML pro Richard Wagner provides expert advice, step-by-step guidance, and tons of crystal-clear examples to help you harness the power of XSLT to transform documen ts. In no time you’ll: Understand how XSLT works with XSL and XPath Experiment with templates, stylesheets, and expressions Perform HTML transformations Master XPath data types and functions Combine XSLT stylesheets Explore cool XSLT programming tricks
XSLT For Dummies works from the ground up, starting with a practical introduction of the “X-Team”—XML, XSL, XSLT, and X-Path—and instructions on how to write a XSLT stylesheet. From there it quickly moves onward and upward through the whole range of important XSLT topics, including: Transforming with stylesheets Understanding and using template rules Using XPath to locate nodes in XML documents Combining XSLT stylesheets and adding processing instructions Debugging XSLT transformations Ten XSLT processors available online
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a babe in the woods who can’t tell a “tag” from an element, or you’re an old pro at creating XML documents, XSLT For Dummies offers you a fun, easy way to explore and take full advantage of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations.
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XSLT For Dummies
Chapter OneIntroducing the X-Team
In This Chapter
* Finding out about XML, XSL, XSLT, and XPath
* Knowing the difference between XSL and XSLT
* Looking at the X-Team from an HTML perspective
As a sports fan, I enjoy watching all kinds of team sports, whether football, basketball, baseball, or an Olympic team competition. I've noticed that regardless of the sport, great teams have two things in common. First, they have very talented individuals on them. Second, they function well as a team; I find hardly anything more thrilling in sports than seeing a squad of talented athletes working together cohesively. (Of course, it goes without saying that the most exciting part of sports is the "I'm going to Disneyworld" commercials!)
Although this book focuses on eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations, or XSLT, you'll quickly discover that XSLT is an important component of a closely related set of technologies that I affectionately call the X-Team. This "Dream X-Team" consists of: XML, XSL, XSLT, and XPath. (For the techies out there, that's shorthand for eXtensible Markup Language, eXtensible Stylesheet Language, XSL Transformations, and XML Path Language.) Each of these technologies is powerful, but each gets its true strength through interrelationships. So, although I concentrate much of the attention in this book on XSLT, never think of it as something independent of its teammates.
As you start your XSLT journey, I begin by introducing you to the X-Team members, each of which has a separate but intertwined responsibility.
XML: Storing Your Data
The original member of the X-Team is eXte...