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XML : a primer
St. Laurent, Simon.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : M&T Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxv, 429 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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QA76.76.H94 S718 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Completely revised and updated to cover the latest in emerging Internet technologies, this practical guide will teach you how to build smarter Web sites using XML (eXtensible Markup Language). Whether you're porting data-driven applications or searching for a better way to manage documents on your site, XML(tm): A Primer, Second Edition will get you quickly up to speed on this next-generation authoring tool. With new visual examples, clear explanations, and a splash of humor, author Simon St.Laurent shows you how to harness XML's power and flexibility to create intelligent, efficient, easily managed sites. Simon St.Laurent's lucid primer shows you how to: Create custom tags and Document Type Definitions (DTDs) Design and manage well-formed documents Explore the emerging XLink proposals for linking pages Learn about W3C's conversion of HTML into XML modules Use XML for literate programming and metadata applications Build a customizable online catalog Integrate XML with the latest CSS2 specifications and Dynamic HTML

Author Notes

SIMON ST.LAURENT is an experienced Web developer and network specialist whose clients range from small start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. The author of Dynamic HTML: A Primer and Building XML Applications, he is also the XML editor for the National Association of Webmasters.

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Library Journal Review

XML looks to be a big advancement over HTML. As St. Laurent writes, "Using XML requires a different focus, demanding that designers examine the way that their documents are built rather than the way they are formatted." Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 already offers some support for XML, and Netscape 5.0 will support XML. This book is geared to the HTML developer who wants to move to the next level of web design and not wait for Microsoft or Netscape to develop the tags and style support they need. A primer rather than a complete guide to XML, this is a great starting point. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I Getting Started
Chapter 1 Structured Labeled Information
Chapter 2 Building on a Markup Foundation
Chapter 3 Core XML: Elements, Attributes, Text, and Namespaces
Chapter 4 Adding a Few More Parts
Part II Describing Documents
Chapter 5 Types of XML Processing
Chapter 6 Document Type Definitions
Chapter 7 Schemas: The Next Generation?
Chapter 8 W3C XML Schemas: Datatypes
Chapter 9 Getting Started with W3C XML Schema: Structures
Chapter 10 Getting Started with RELAX
Part III Supporting Specifications
Chapter 11 Processing Approaches: Browsers, DOM, SAX, and More
Chapter 12 Structure-Based Formatting: Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Chapter 13 XPath: Identifying Document Parts
Chapter 14 XSL
Chapter 15 Identifying Document Fragments with XPointer
Chapter 16 Hypertext XML: XLink and XML Base
Chapter 17 Querying XML
Part IV Building Your Own Markup
Chapter 18 Plan in the Present, Save in the Future
Chapter 19 Recreating Web and Paper Documents with XML
Chapter 20 XML for Commerce
Chapter 21 XML for Document Management
Chapter 22 XML for Data-Driven Applications
Chapter 23 Storing, Managing, and Processing XML
Chapter 24 Ever-Expanding Webs of XML