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XML Elements of Style Paperback – December 27, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Elements of Style
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies (December 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007212220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072122206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,703,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

XMLs best-practices guide for creating expert, reusable, and highly flexible document structures

If you have a basic understanding of XML document creation and want to use XMLs powerful technology to create quality structured documents and DTDs, then XML Elements of Style Guide is the right place to learn more. It fills the void between introductory texts and high-level, complex SGML references to give you the tools and techniques youll need to intelligently apply XML to a variety of situations.

The book is logically organized into five comprehensive sectionsall of which focus on specific, related issues. The first section begins with an in-depth examination of the core structures of XML documents and thoroughly describes the techniques for creating rules about those structures. The second section focuses on the tools XML provides for creating documents and DTDs using both highly reusable smaller components and non-XML content. The third section examines the bigger picture of XML structuresfrom architectural issues to documentation considerationgiving you a clear understanding of the tools needed to create elegant documents with maximum flexibility for interchange and integration. Section four explores the sometimes misused or misunderstood features of XML and the last section concludes with an enlightening discussion of XMLs ability to create documents that can be used in multiple scenarios as well as its ability to connect different systems and processes.

Whether youre an XML or SGML developer, youll refer to this first-of-its-kind, authoritative reference for years to come.

About the Author

Simon St. Laurent (Ithaca, NY) is a consultant in the Internet and Web programming market. His previous books include Cookies (0-07-050498-9), a definitive reference on one of the most controversial Web programming tools around, and XML: A Primer.

More About the Author

Simon St. Laurent is an Editor with O'Reilly and Associates. Prior to that, he'd been a web developer, network administrator, computer book author, and XML troublemaker. He lives in Dryden, NY.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roger T Cutler on February 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is really a good book but it is not a primary reference for XML, nor would you want to learn from scratch here. For these functions I recommend Professional XML by Anderson et.al. (currently mis-identified by Amazon as by Boumphrey et.al). The strength of this book is that St. Laurent really knows why things are the way they are in XML and how to use it effectively. He writes clearly and gives real good advice and insights. The examples are excellent, but it would have been nice to have more of them. I read this book cover-to-cover and enjoyed it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Calhoon on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
We used this book as the basis for a quick class on XML here at work. Of all the XML books we have reviewed for this class this book follow the XML 3W commettes standard 1.0 the closest of any of them.It is clear and consise with good examples given through out. It does a good job pointing up problems with non validating parseing tools too.
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