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One of the most important technologies on the XML bandwagon is XSL, which really comprises separate XSL, XSLT, and Xpath standards.The XSL Companionprovides in-depth coverage of XSL and XSLT--the core technologies behind the formatting of XML data.

This book focuses on the details of how XSLT in particular can be used to mold information on the fly. The author breaks the standard apart into digestible chapters that cover, say, "contextual formatting" and "sorting." The content is fast moving and demands a technical reader who is comfortable with complexity. Those who are new to XML technologies should pick up a general tutorial prior to tackling this book.

Along with text explanations of all of the magic that XSLT and XSL can do, the author uses code snippets and numerous graphical diagrams to illustrate information processing, layout, and tree navigation. These visual elements add much to the explanation of what otherwise would be abstract concepts indeed.

The author addresses head-on the fact that much of XSLT's job today is to turn XML data into HTML-formatted documents that are compatible with the current batch of browsers. There is plenty of focus in this book on how that is done, but the chief purpose remains the exploration of the powerful transformation and formatting features that the XSL standards provide. --Stephen W. Plain

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ISBN-10:  0201674874
ISBN-13:  978-0201674873
Author:  Neil Bradley
Genre:  Computers & Internet
Publisher:  Pearson Education
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review by . November 23, 2002
For the XML developer this book is a perfect companion. It makes no real pretense to teach XSL, and if you're looking for such a book this is not it. What it does is provide developers of basic-to-advanced skill levels with tips, advice and clear explanations for using XSL in accordance with the XSLT standard, including XSLT, XPath and XSL.What makes this book valuable as a reference and 'cookbook' is the examples, stylistic approaches that are based on sound software engineering practices, and …
review by . November 23, 2002
For the XML developer this book is a perfect companion. It makes no real pretense to teach XSL, and if you're looking for such a book this is not it. What it does is provide developers of basic-to-advanced skill levels with tips, advice and clear explanations for using XSL in accordance with the XSLT standard, including XSLT, XPath and XSL.What makes this book valuable as a reference and 'cookbook' is the examples, stylistic approaches that are based on sound software engineering practices, and …
review by . December 23, 2000
XSL, an acronym for eXtensible Stylesheet Language, is a way to perform transformations on code. It can be used to create HTML code for display and to convert XML code from one form to another. More precisely, an XSLT (XSL Transformations) processor will accept code in XSLT and data in XML and will convert the combination into an XSL document. Once this is done, an XSL processor will interpret the XSL instructions and render it into a document that is presented on paper or screen via a browser. …
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