XSLT Quickly
Bob DuCharme
  • May 2001
  • ISBN 9781930110113
  • 320 pages

XSLT Quickly is, quite obviously, for anyone who needs to learn XSLT quickly. This book has two main goals: to familiarize the reader with the portions of XSLT that he/she will use eighty percent of the time, and to provide a "cookbook" approach to learning additional techniques as they are needed.

About the book

Part One is a step-by-step tutorial that brings the reader up to speed on the basic concepts and document manipulation techniques necessary for the most common XSLT tasks. More importantly, it represents the foundation on which the understanding of everything in Part Two is built.

Part Two is a cookbook—a task-oriented user's guide to various issues one may meet in tackling XSLT. This portion of the book is organized by the goals of XSLT tasks (converting elements to attributes, reading in multiple documents at once, etc.). This makes it far easier for readers who don't already know XSLT to quickly find the solutions to their stylesheet development problems.

XSLT Quickly also includes a glossary, a quick reference section for XSLT syntax, and a quick reference for using the popular XSLT processors.

Translation rights for XSLT Quickly have been granted for Korea and Brazil. If you are interested in learning where to buy this book in a language other than English, please inquire at your local bookseller.

Table of Contents detailed table of contents

Part 1 - Getting Started with XSLT

1. A brief tutorial

1.1. What is XSLT (and XSL, and XPath)?

1.2. A simple XSLT stylesheet

1.3. More element and attribute manipulation

1.4. Summing up the tutorial

Part 2 - XSLT users guide: How do I work with…​

2. XPath

2.1. Location paths, axes, node tests, predicates

2.2. Axes

2.3. Node tests

2.4. Predicates

3. Elements and attributes

3.1. Adding new elements to the result tree

3.2. Changing element names for the result tree

3.3. Parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, and other relative elements: getting their content and attributes

3.4. Previous, next, first, third, last siblings

3.5. Converting elements to attributes for the result tree

3.6. opying elements to the result tree

3.7. Counting elements and other nodes

3.8. Deleting elements from the result tree

3.9. Duplicate elements, deleting

3.10. Empty elements: creating, checking for

3.11. Moving and combining elements for the result tree

3.12. Selecting elements based on: element name, content, children, parents

3.13. Adding new attributes

3.14. Converting attributes to elements

3.15. Getting attribute values and names

3.16. Testing for attribute existence and for specific attribute values

3.17. Reusing groups of attributes

4. Advanced XML markup


4.2. Entities

4.3. Namespaces

4.4. Images, multimedia elements and others

4.5. Processing instructions

5. Programming issues

5.1. Control statements

5.2. Combining stylesheets with include and import

5.3. Named templates

5.4. Debugging

5.5. Extensions to XSLT

5.6. Numbers and math

5.7. Strings

5.8. Variables and parameters: setting and using

5.9. Declaring keys and performing lookups

5.10. Finding the first, last, biggest, and smallest

5.11. Using the W3C XSLT specification

6. Specialized input & output

6.1. HTML and XSLT

6.2. Browsers and XSLT

6.3. Multiple input documents

6.4. Using modes to create tables of contents and other generated lists

6.5. Non-XML output

6.6. Numbering, automatic

6.7. Sorting

6.8. Stripping all markup from a document

6.9. Valid XML output: including DOCTYPE declarations

6.10. XML declarations

6.11. Whitespace: preserving and controlling

6.13. XSL and XSLT: creating Acrobat files and other formatted output

6.14. Splitting up output into multiple files

Part 3 - Appendices

Appendix A: XSLT quick reference

Appendix B: Running XSLT processors



About the author

Bob DuCharme wrote XML: The Annotated Specification and SGML CD, a guide to free SGML software. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Bob is the "Transforming XML" columnist for XML.com and has contributed to many other print and on-line magazines.

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