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  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7357-1136-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7357-1136-5

Inside XSLT is designed to be a companion guide to Inside XML. This example oriented book covers XML to HTML, XML to Music, XML with Java, style sheet creation and usage, nodes and attributes, sorting data, creating Xpath expressions, using Xpath and XSLT functions, namespaces, names templates, name variables, designing style sheets and using XSLT processor API's, the 56 XSL formatting objects, the XSLT DTD, and much much more.



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Table of Contents

1. Essential XSLT.

XSL = XSLT + XSL-FO. A Little Background. XML Documents. What Does XML Look Like in a Browser? XSLT Transformations. Making an XSLT Transformation Happen. Using Standalone XSLT Processors. Using Browsers to Transform XML Documents. Using XSLT and JavaScript in the Internet Explorer. XSLT Transformations on Web Servers. XML-to-XML Transformations. XML-to-XHTML Transformations. XSLT Resources. XSL Formatting Objects: XSL-FO. XSL-FO Resources. Formatting an XML Document. The XSLT Stylesheet. Transforming a Document into Formatting Object Form. Creating a Formatted Document.

2. Creating and Using Stylesheets.

Trees and Nodes. The Information Set Model Versus the XSLT Tree Model. Working with XSLT Elements. The <?xsl:stylesheet?> Processing Instruction. The <xsl:stylesheet> Element. Top-Level Stylesheet Elements. The <xsl:template> Element. Template Bodies. The <xsl:apply-templates> Element. Accessing Node Values. XML Base Support. Choosing Output Methods. Simplified Stylesheets. Embedded Stylesheets. The <xsl:include> Element. The <xsl:import> Element. The <xsl:apply-imports> Element. Using Internet Explorer to Transform XML Documents.

3. Creating and Using Templates.

Creating a Template. Processing Child Nodes. Accessing Node Values. Creating Match Patterns. Selecting Which Template to Apply. Reading Attribute Values. The <xsl:text> Element. Disabling Output Escaping. Writing Attribute Values. Attribute Value Templates. Handling Whitespace. The <xsl:strip-space> and <xsl:preserve-space> Elements. Automatic Indenting. Default Template Rules. Deleting Content. Template Conflict Resolution. The <xsl:copy> Element. The <xsl:copy-of> Element. The <xsl:message> Element.

4. Creating Match Patterns.

Matching the Root Node. Matching Elements. Matching Children. Matching Element Descendants. Matching Attributes. Formally Defining Match Patterns. Part 1 of Step Patterns: Pattern Axes. Part 2 of Step Patterns: Node Tests. Part 3 of Step Patterns: Predicates. Creating Predicates. Matching by ID. Matching by Key. Using the Or Operator. Pattern Examples.

5. Making Choices and Sorting Data.

The <xsl:if> Element. The <xsl:choose>, <xsl:when>, and <xsl:otherwise> Elements. The <xsl:for-each> Element. Sorting Elements. The <xsl:number> Element. XSLT Extensibility. Extension Functions. Extension Elements. The <xsl:fallback> Element.

6. Transforming from XML to XML, HTML, XHTML, RTF, and Modifying Document Content.

The <xsl:output> Element. Altering Document Structure Based on Input. The <xsl:element> Element: Creating New Elements at Run Time. The <xsl:attribute> Element: Creating New Attributes. The <xsl:comment> Element: Generating Comments. The <xsl:processing-instruction> Element: Generating Processing Instructions. The <xsl:document> Element: Generating Multiple Output Documents. The <xsl:namespace> Element: Generating Namespace Declarations. The <xsl:attribute-set> Element: Generating Attribute Sets. Omitting the XML Declaration and Generating XML Fragments. Using generate-id to Create Unique Identifiers. Creating CDATA Sections. Setting Character Encoding. Modes: Context-Specific Formatting.

7. Using and Understanding XPath.

Understanding XPath. XPath Data Types. Creating XPath Location Paths. Part 1 of XPath Location Steps: Axes. Part 2 of XPath Location Steps: Node Tests. Part 3 of XPath Location Steps: Predicates. Using the XPath Axes. Using the ancestor Axis. Using the ancestor-or-self Axis. Using the descendant Axis. Using the descendant-or-self Axis. Using the following Axis. Using the following-sibling Axis. Using the namespace Axis. Using the parent Axis. Using the preceding Axis. Using the preceding-sibling Axis. Using the self Axis. Location Path Examples. XPath Abbreviated Syntax. Checking XPath Expressions. XPath 2.0.

8. Using the XSLT and XPath Functions.

The XSLT Functions. The XPath Node Set Functions. The XPath String Functions. The XPath Number Functions. The XPath Boolean Functions. The <xsl:decimal-format> Element: Creating Numeric Formats. New Functions in XSLT and XPath 2.0.

9. Named Templates, Parameters, and Variables.

The <xsl:variable> Element: Creating Variables. The <xsl:call-template> Element: Using Named Templates. The <xsl:param> and <xsl:with-param> Elements: Creating Parameters. The <xsl:key> Element: Matching by Key. The <xsl:document> Element: Generating Multiple Result Documents. The <xsl:namespace-alias> Element: Generating Stylesheets.

10. Using XSLT Processor APIs.

XSLT and JavaScript in the Internet Explorer. Handling Parsing Errors. Internet Explorer and Dynamic Styles. Internet Explorer and XML Data Islands. Calling Java Directly from XSLT Processors. Interfacing to XSLT Java APIs. Interfacing Xalan to Java. Interfacing Saxon to Java. Interfacing the Oracle XSLT Processor to Java. Interfacing XT to Java. Transforming XML to SQL-Based Databases. Using XSLT with Active Server Pages. Using XSLT with Java Server Pages. Using XSLT with Java Servlets.

11. Using XSLT to Create XSL-FO Documents: Text and Tables.

XSL Formatting. The XSL-FO Formatting Objects. The XSL-FO Formatting Properties. Formatting an XML Document. Using an XSLT Stylesheet to Transform to XSL-FO. Creating the Document Root: <fo:root>. Creating the Master Set Layout: <fo:layout-master-set>. Creating a Page Master: <fo:simple-page-master>. Creating Regions. Creating Page Sequences: <fo:page-sequence>. Creating Flows: <fo:flows>. Creating Block-Level Content: <fo:block>. Creating Tables. Creating Tables: <fo:table>. Creating Table Columns: <fo:table-column>. Creating Table Bodies: <fo:table-body>. Creating Table Rows: <fo:table-row>. Creating Table Cells: <fo:table-cell>.

12. Using XSLT to Create XSL-FO Documents: Lists, Images, Columns, and Positioning.

Creating XSL-FO Lists. Positioning Text with Block Containers:<fo:block-container>. Inline-Level Formatting Objects. Creating Footnotes: <fo:footnote> and<fo:footnote-body>. Creating Links: <fo:basic-link>. Creating Columns. Page Sequences and Page Numbering.

Appendix A. The XSLT DTD.

DTD Fragment for XSLT Stylesheets(Non-Normative).

Appendix B. XSL-FO Formatting Properties.




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