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XML Specification Guide

Graham, Ian S.; Quin, Liam R. E.

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ISBN 10: 0471327530 / ISBN 13: 9780471327530
Published by Wiley 1999-01-25, 1999
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Title: XML Specification Guide

Publisher: Wiley 1999-01-25

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

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Get inside XML, one of the Web's most important technologies, with this complete and annotated specification guide. XML Specification Guide Bestselling authors Ian Graham and Liam Quin provide the technical reference for XML, one of the most important new technologies for Web development. Whether you are a programmer who develops for the Web, intranets, or extranets; a database programmer who needs to upgrade your system; or a Webmaster who wants to keep your site competitive, this book provides you with the information you need to master all the XML concepts, rules, and programming techniques. Beyond comprehensive coverage of the XML specification, readers will find hands-on guidance to the latest advancements that make XML the most powerful Web language in a world that is increasingly Web-based. Inside experts Graham and Quin provide you with:
* A complete explanation of XML structure, syntax, and rules, built around detailed examples
* A comprehensive specification guide to XML, annotated with helpful clarifications, background material, and illustrative examples
* In-depth coverage of namespaces and schemas
* A detailed discussion of the Unicode character sets and their relationship to XML
* A detailed glossary of important XML terms
* A quick-reference guide to XML features, with illustrated examples of how they differ from HTML
On the companion Web site you'll find:
* Technical tables for Web developers
* Annotated versions of XML grammar
* Valuable interactive tools for exploring the specification

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In XML Specification Guide, authors Ian S. Graham and Liam Quin don't attempt to reinvent the wheel by teaching XML in their own words. Instead, they present the actual 1.0 specification from the World Wide Web Consortium and enhance it with useful background information, definitions, and reference tables.

The book begins with a "bootstrap" tutorial that examines basic XML documents and offers an overview of Document Type Definitions (DTD). This section leads the reader through discussions of entities, DTD subsets, tokenized attribute types, CDATA, and string normalization--all of the tongue-twisting terms that make up the heart of XML. Plenty of code snippets illustrate the concepts, but the writing is aimed at a developer-level audience.

The second part of the book is the XML specification itself, buttressed with inserted notes, annotations, and a limited number of examples. Since you're reading from the actual standard, you can rest assured that you're getting the instruction right from the source.

The third section of the book presents a series of additional technical appendices that the authors feel are important. These include style issues, character sets, comparisons between HTML and XML, a discussion of schemas versus DTDs, and a glossary. Augmented by a companion Web site, this is a fine resource for any Web developer's desk. --Stephen W. Plain

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