Learning XML

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Creating Self-Describing Data


Erik T. Ray

First Edition, January 2001

ISBN: 0-59600-046-4, 368 pages

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a flexible way to create «self-describing data» -and to share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and


In Learning XML, the author explains XML and its capabilities succinctly and professionally, with references to real-life projects and other cogent examples.

Learning XML shows the purpose of XML markup itself, the CSS and XSL styling languages, and the XLink and XPointer specifications for creating rich link structures.

Preface    1

What’s Inside Style Conventions Examples

Comments and Questions Acknowledgments

1    Introduction    5

1.1    What Is XML ?

1.2    Origins of XML

1.3    Goals of XML

1.4    XML Today

1.5    Creating Documents

1.6    Viewing XML

1.7    Testing XML

1.8    Transformation

2    Markup and Core Concepts    25

2.1    The Anatomy of a Document

2.2    Elements: The Building Blocks of XML

2.3    Attributes: More Muscle for Elements

2.4    Namespaces: Expanding Your Vocabulary

2.5    Entities: Placeholders for Content

2.6    Miscellaneous Markup

2.7    Well-Formed Documents

2.8    Getting the Most out of Markup

2.9    XML Application: DocBook

3    Connecting Resources with Links    60

3.1    Introduction

3.2    Specifying Resources

3.3    XPointer: An XML Tree Climber

3.4    An Introduction to XLinks

3.5    XML Application: XHTML

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