- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764536516
- ISBN-13: 978-0764536519
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harness the power of XSLT to transform XML documents
Get tips on result trees, HTML transformations, and XPath functions
The fun and easy way to exploit Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations
With XSLT, XSL, and XPath, you can transform XML documents into HTML pages or different XML documents. With expert advice from XML pro Richard Wagner, you′ll be experimenting with templates, stylesheets, and expressions in no time – and even exploring some pretty cool XSLT programming tricks.
The Dummies Way
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About the Author
Richard Wagner, the former chief architect of NetObjects ScriptBuilder and the primary author of the ECMAScript Components standard, is currently in charge of development tools at Nombas, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
XSLT can be a difficult subject to explain because it involves so many technologies interacting together. Not only is there XSLT but also XML, XPath, and the use of processing software to consider. A careless approach can lead to the reader being overwhelmed with information. I like the author's approach, which is to use the first two chapters to give an overview of how these technologies work together. He calls it “building the edges of a jigsaw puzzle”.
Sadly, some very basic questions that arise for the newcomer to XSLT are not dealt with. Obvious questions which occur to me are, “What order are the templates applied in?”, “What order should I put them in the file?”. They are not explained. The explanation of how “apply-templates” works with more than one template is not clear. It uses the phrases, “the best template rule” and “the most appropriate template rule” without explaining what make a template rule the best or most appropriate. The example given, on page 54, is too trivial to be helpful. Given that stylesheet examples with more than one template occur frequently throughout the book, this is an important question that bothered me at every stage. As a result I never felt that I understood how to construct a stylesheet out of templates.
The book reveals the Achilles' heel of the Dummies style: humour and informal tone are no substitute for clarity and accuracy.Read more ›
I really did make a big mistake buying this book. I forgot to look at the date of publication - 2002. A long time ago!
But worst of all is the patronizing, US-centric tone of the author.
Oh well, it was 2002, I suppose. When Starbuck's ruled the world, according to the author.
I would have given the book zero stars, but Amazon has forced me to pick at least one.
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This kindle book is absolutely pathetic! In reading this in my Kindle app on my iPad, the graphics run over the right hand border and the captions are about 12 characters in line length with hyphens everywhere.
I generate epubs for publishers and I can tell you that this kindle book has had NO tweaking to the css that would have taken care of a lot of the display problems. Only one font is used throughout the book, including all the code examples. This is pathetic. Surely, the code could have been set in a different font to make it stand out from the body text. Obviously, this would have taken some time to do so Amazon has produced a poor product.
I've read the first 40 pages and have stopped. The author certainly knows what he is talking about but on principle I refuse to read a substandard version of an epub. Not after having paid $17 for it (which is only a couple of dollars less than the printed version).
I am going to ask for my money back from Amazon.