XML in Plain English
is a no-nonsense companion for XML coders who need a handy reference at their fingertips. This pocket-sized paperback is useful for looking up XML instructions in various ways, but also offers a reference to cascading style sheets (CSS), character tables, and more.
The book begins with a brief overview of the history of hypertext from SGML through HTML and on to XML--the focus of this reference. Author Sandra E. Eddy then covers the basic syntax of XML documents and the interaction of HTML and XML, and shows how to make XML documents publicly available on the Web. The excellent following chapter lets you find XML productions or attributes by looking up an English description of the task you want to accomplish.
The next chapters feature a more detailed XML syntax reference and information on the XLink and XPointer languages, other critical aspects of XML coding; CSS; and DSSSL-O. The first appendix contains a comprehensive set of tables for the Unicode characters and the applicable character sets. Other appendices offer a list of XML tools and editors, a glossary, and a "Webliography" full of URLs for XML-related sites. If you're a serious XML coder, XML in Plain English is a must-have. --Stephen W. Plain
From the Back Cover
Two Books in One!
This one of a kind book guide delivers just what you need to make the most of XML, whether you are retrofitting an existing Web site or building a new one from the ground up. The book opens with unique reference sections that let you look things up by task, tag, or term.
Need more answers? The second part delivers concise, example-filled tutorials that show you step by step how to plan, build, and maintain an XML-powered Web site.
Open the Book for Ready-Reference Help...
* Construct XML documents
* Add simple and extended links and pointers to an XML document
* Style XML documents for display or printed output
* Use custom XML elements
* Learn to create DTDs including how to define elements and associated attributes
* Style documents with XSL
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