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Restructuring information in an XML document so that it works inother formats used to be a time-consuming ordeal involving lots ofblood, sweat, and tears. Now XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet LanguageTransformations) makes the process nearly instantaneous. Justprovide an example of the kind of information you’d like tosee, and XSLT does the rest. With XSLT you can effortlesslytransform XML documents into virtually any kind of output,including other XML documents and HTML pages. But mastering XSLTcan be tricky, especially if you’ve never worked with XML orHTML; and most books on the subject are written for people whohave. Here comes XSLT For Dummies to the rescue!

XSLT For Dummies is your ticket to quickly masteringXSLT—no matter what your prior programming experience.Writing in easygoing, plain English, XML pro Richard Wagnerprovides expert advice, step-by-step guidance, and tons ofcrystal-clear examples to help you harness the power of XSLT totransform documen ts. In no time you’ll:

  • Understand how XSLT works with XSL and XPath
  • Experiment with templates, stylesheets, and expressions
  • Perform HTML transformations
  • Master XPath data types and functions
  • Combine XSLT stylesheets
  • Explore cool XSLT programming tricks

XSLT For Dummies works from the ground up, starting witha practical introduction of the “X-Team”—XML,XSL, XSLT, and X-Path—and instructions on how to write a XSLTstylesheet. From there it quickly moves onward and upward throughthe whole range of important XSLT topics, including:

  • Transforming with stylesheets
  • Understanding and using template rules
  • Using XPath to locate nodes in XML documents
  • Combining XSLT stylesheets and adding processinginstructions
  • Debugging XSLT transformations
  • Ten XSLT processors available online

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a babe in the woodswho can’t tell a “tag” from an element, oryou’re an old pro at creating XML documents, XSLT ForDummies offers you a fun, easy way to explore and take fulladvantage of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations.

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