Simon St. Laurent XML: A Primer

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XML: A Primer

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Completely revised and updated to cover the latest in emerging Internet technologies, this practical guide will teach you how to build smarter Web sites using XML (eXtensible Markup Language). Whether you're porting data-driven applications or searching for a better way to manage documents on your site, XML™: A Primer, Second Edition will get you quickly up to speed on this next-generation authoring tool. With new visual examples, clear explanations, and a splash of humor, author Simon St.Laurent shows you how to harness XML's power and flexibility to create intelligent, efficient, easily managed sites. Simon St.Laurent's lucid primer shows you how to:

  • Create custom tags and Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
  • Design and manage well-formed documents
  • Explore the emerging XLink proposals for linking pages
  • Learn about W3C's conversion of HTML into XML modules
  • Use XML for literate programming and metadata applications
  • Build a customizable online catalog
  • Integrate XML with the latest CSS2 specifications and Dynamic HTML
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Simon St. Laurent's foray into XML is best described by an adjective not often used with computer books: charming. From its portable size to its playful code examples, XML: A Primer is an interesting and well-crafted read. Stylistic considerations aside, it is also a useful introduction for anyone who does considerable work in HTML or SGML.

St. Laurent explains the nuanced differences between XML and HTML, stating, "Using XML requires a different focus, demanding that designers examine the way that their documents are built rather than the way they are formatted." He later comments, "XML doesn't go nearly as far as SGML in requiring conformance to standards, but it may still come as a shock to HTML developers. XML standards refer to processors (parsers), not to browsers, because much XML development will be intended for machine-readable data applications rather than graphically exciting web pages."

If you are curious about the hype surrounding XML, ready for an XML book you can read cover to cover, and comfortable with lengthy code examples, XML: A Primer will offer you the knowledge you need to understand this emerging technology.

From the Author:

The third edition of XML: A Primer has been thoroughly revised and reorganized to cover XML's astonishing growth. Though it still focuses on the basics of creating XML documents, the third edition also describes W3C XML Schema and RELAX, as well as providing more discussion of XML processing. Along with the good news about how XML can solve a wide variety of problems, readers will also learn about some areas of XML where the distinctions between features and bugs are hazy. XML has grown so large that it can seem intimidating, but the Primer is designed to show readers what they need to get started quickly.

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