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XML for Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0764506927

ISBN-13: 9780764506925

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Ed Tittel

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XML is a document markup language that removes the dependence on single document types and allows users to create flexible documents that can be authored, managed, shared and transmitted over the Web.
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Why XML is "eXtreMely cooL"
What Is XML and Why Should You Care?
A Wee Bit of Background
XML Suits Many Applications
XML for ducuments
XML for data exchange
If You Know HTML, You Know XML
Marking Up Is Hard to Do--Not!
Break out that text editor!
XML editors: More power, more convenience
The Power of XML
More meaningful names in your documents
XML defines new languages
Web Pages before--and after--XML
XML: One document, many different outputs
XML for data--HTML for display
Better post-processing
The Beginnings of XML
What HTML Does Best, and Where Its Limits Lie
XML and HTML Compared and Contrasted
The benefits of using HTML
The benefits of using XML
Making the Switch: HTML to XML
All elements have a start tag and an end tag
Tags are nested correctly
All attribute values are quoted
Empty elements are formatted correctly
XHTML 1.0: Best of Both Worlds
Cool Tools for Building XML Documents
Building XML Documents by Hand
Making an XML declaration
Creating a root element
Creating XML code
Checking your document
Shake Hands with XML!
A Truly Simple XML Document
The Least You Need to Know: Basic Rules for XML Markup
Style Sheets, Document Type Definitions, and Documentation
Free at last, free at last: Data independent of context
With style comes context
DTDs and context
Ready to Roll Your Own XML?
XML by Excellent Example
Exchanging business data with XML/EDI
Using OFX to describe financial data
Tracking ancestry with GedML
XML for Everyone
Structuring XML Documents
Understanding XML Document Structure
Mastering the Basics: Pieces and Parts
A well-formed road is a good road
Seeking validation
Preambles and Definitions Start the Game
Declare yourself!
Document it
Good Bodies Make for Good Reading
The root of the matter
It's elementary, my dear
Attributes add information
The Virtues of Completeness
Making XML Well-Formed
Checking Your Work
Understanding and Using DTDs
What's a DTD?
Reading a Simple DTD
XML prolog
XML declaration
Document type declaration
Processing instructions
What about that white space?
Element Declarations
Any or empty can do the trick
Mixed content mixes it up
Element content keeps your children in line
Attribute List Declarations
Entity Declarations
Notation Declarations
Deciding Whether to Have a DTD
Ways to Include DTDs or Definitions
The inside view: Internal DTD subsets
Calling for outside support: Referencing external DTDs
Two is sometimes better than one
How Documents Digest DTDs
Building DTDs
Quick Recap
Understanding Your Data
Capturing Data Elements in Code
Elements are the root of all structure
Attributes shed some light
Developing and Defining Your Elements
Elements content can mix it up, too
What about Attributes?
Creating Shortcuts with Entities
Internalize it
External entities save time
Calling Your DTD
Internal subset
External subset
Tricks of the Trade
Creating a Simple External DTD
Building XML Documents
Attributes Add Flexibility to XML
The Truth about Attributes
Appropriate Use of Attributes
Common HTML 4.0 attributes: The plus side
Common HTML 4.0 attributes: The minus side
Adding Attributes to DTDs
The ten types of attributes in DTDs
Attributes and their defaults
Predefined XML Attributes
Putting Your DTD to Work
Eliciting Markup from the DTD
Understanding the implications
Trading flexibility against structure
Add levels to simplify structure
A matter of selection
Mixing up the order
Mixing Up Your Content Models
Trading Control for Flexibility
Combining Multiple DTDs
Working with Entities in DTDs
Parameter Entities Work in DTDs
Calling All DTDs!
When DTD Definitions Collide
Wandering outside XML's Boundaries
Turning DTD Content On or Off
Adding Character to XML
About Character Encodings
Introducing Unicode
Of Character Sets, Fonts, Scripts, and Glyphs
For Each Character, a Code
Key Character Sets
Using Unicode Characters
Finding Character Entity Information
The Sense of Style for XML
How Style Really Works
Stylin' XML and HTML
Adding form to function
One document, many uses
When Style Sheets Cascade
CSS1: The original master of Web style
CSS2: The current style master
What does cascading mean?
The Basics of CSS
A truly simple cascading style sheet for XML
Dissecting a simple cascading style sheet
Linking CSS to HTML and XML
The Best of CSS on the Web
Meet XSL
The Building Blocks of CSS
CSS: Today's Style of Choice
The realities of the Web must intrude
CSS is easy to use
Style sheets for tomorrow
XSL and CSS pack a powerful 1-2 punch
All about CSS Properties and Values
Units of measure in CSS
Decoding property value definitions
Styling and formatting text
Defining display
Setting margins
Applying backgrounds and borders
Padding the box
Controlling layout
Other cool CSS properties
From CSS to XSL
Applying Style to XML with XSL
The Two Faces of XSL
XSL style sheets are XML documents
A Simple Transformation Using XSLT
The bean burrito recipe
Describing the bean burrito recipe with HTML
An XSL style sheet for converting XML to HTML
An XSLT Style Sheet in Detail
Processing element content
Just the text, please
Dealing with repeating elements
A Different Approach
Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Special Topics on XML Style
Objectifying XML
Of parents, children, and siblings
A forest of trees and nodes
The DOM and style sheets
Web browsers and the DOM
Combining Style Sheets
Importing one style sheet into another
Including one style sheet within another
Embedding a style sheet directly in an XML document
XML's Lovely Linking Languages
The XML Linking Language
XLink Explored and Explained
Using Namespaces
Linking Elements in XLink
The XLink namespace
Types of linking elements
[xlink:simple] Links
What can we show you?
Describing local and remote links
Extending Basic Linking Behaviors
The [xlink:extended] element
The [xlink:locator] element
When Links Get Out of Line
Creating Link Groups
Creating Link Elements in DTDs
XHTML versus XLink
The XML Path Language
Where Do XPaths Lead?
Why do you need directions?
The paths and waystations of XML
XPath Directions and Destinations
LocationPaths: Describing the Journey
Some simple location paths
Adding expressions
Taking steps
More on adding expressions
Looking at attributes
May I see your ID?
Going backwards
Reversing direction
Null results
Getting to the root of things
The Axes of XPath
The Short Version
Client axis abbreviations
Attribute axis abbreviation
Predicate and expression abbreviations
Some more abbreviations
Using XPath with XPointer and XSL
Where Now?
The XML Pointer Language
Anchors (and Fragments) Away
Why Do We Need XPointers?
The Promise of XPointers
How Do XPointers Work?
Show me your ID
Please step me through this!
Show me the path
Where do I start?
What if I don't have my ID?
How much can I get you?
Other XPointer methods and functions
Sampling XML Applications
XML Can Channel from Many Sources
What Is a Channel?
Smart pull and push
Where does XML fit in?
Subscribing to channels
Setting a schedule to download content
Building Channels with Basic CDF
CDF Unleashed
Scheduling channel updates
Controlling Web page retrieval
Defining sections within your channel
Identify your channels with logos
Logging channel user activities
Adding a Channel to Your Home Page Step by Step
First things first--the right server setup
Deploying your channel
Microsoft's plethora of CDF resources and tools
The Mathematical Markup Language
MathML Explored
For more on MathML
MathML markup
MathML Presentation Markup
A token form of presentation
MathML's layout schemata
MathML Content Markup
Arithmetic and algebraic elements
Basic content elements
Linear algebra
Sequences and series
Set theory
Logarithms and calculus
Mixing Markup: Presentation and Content
Basic MathML Design Guidelines
Using MathML in HTML Documents
MathML Tools and More
DocBook for XML
What Is DocBook?
Booking it
Get in line!
How Is DocBook Organized?
Getting classy
Mixing it up
Modularizing DocBook
The Structure of DocBook
What's on top?
What's in the middle?
What's down below?
DocBook goes into details
A DocBook Example
What's So Great about DocBook?
DocBook is a living DTD
DocBook is stable
DocBook is versatile
DocBook is extensible
When Not to Use DocBook
Reading DocBook's DTD
Parameter entities
Are you ignoring me?
SGML versus XML
Differences in documents
Differences in DTDs
The DocBook DTD
DocBook lite
Adding to DocBook
Taking away from DocBook
Cool XML Technologies Rule!
Cool Tools
To the Point
If You Build It, They Will Come
Adept Editor v9.0
Clip! XML Editor v1.5
XML Authority v1.1
XML Pro v2.0
Valid and Well-Formed Documents Always Get Along
AElfred v1.2a
SP v1.3 and expat v1.1
Tim Bray's Lark
View It with a Browser
Internet Explorer 5
The Ultimate XML grab bag and goodie box
POET Software
Microsoft Does XML Too!
Automating XML excellence
Ultimate XML Resources Online
General Information
Mailing Lists
The Part of Tens
Ten Reasons to Enjoy XML--Really!
Save Time--Use ENTITY
Create Your Own Rules
Add Style the Easy Way
XML Complements HTML
Searching for Something?
Rich Links Enrich Functionality
Well-Formed XML Guarantees Readability
MathML Captures Mathematical Requirements
CDF Brings Channels to the Web
But Wait, There's More...
Ten Stylish XML Extensions
Add Tables with HTML
Use CSS for Easy Formatting
Combine Those Sheets
Combine XSL and CSS
Display It Again, Sam!
Add Variables with XSL
Attribute Value Templates
Find Style with XHTML
Create Style the Easy Way
Let Companies Talk to Each Other
Ten Top XML Applications
Channel Definition Format (CDF)
DocBook, Anyone?
Mathematical Markup Language (MathML)
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
Resource Description Framework (RDF)
Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)
Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL)
Extensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML)
Create XML Applications with Zope
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System Requirements
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with the Mac OS
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