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Critical for converting XML documents, and extremely versatile, the XSLT language nevertheless has complexities that can be daunting. TheXSLT Cookbookis a collection of hundreds of solutions to problems that Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) developers regularly face. The recipes range from simple string-manipulation and mathematical processing to more complex topics like extending XSLT, testing and debugging XSLT stylesheets, and graphics creation with SVG. Recipes can be run directly or tweaked to fit your particular application's needs more precisely. Each recipe walks through a problem and a solution, with explanations of the choices made and techniques used in creating that solution, and many recipes include alternate solutions and explore issues like convenience and performance. Topics covered include: String manipulation Mathematical processing Date and time handling Interactions between calendar systems Selecting content in source documents Efficient tree-manipulation Conversions from XML to plain text Tweaking XML documents with stylesheets Using XSLT to query XML documents Generating HTML with XSLT Creating charts and graphs with SVG and XSLT Generating C and XSLT code using XSLT Processing Visio documents in XSLT Working with XML Topic Maps (XTM) Using XSLT to create SOAP documentation from WSDL Extending XSLT with additional functions Embedding XSLT in other processing Testing and debugging XSLT stylesheets Creating generic XSLT processors which work on many XML vocabularies TheXSLT Cookbookprovides an ideal companion both for developers still figuring out XSLT's template-based approach who want to learn by example, and for developers who know XSLT and want a collection of quickly reusable recipes. XSLT frequently offers a number of ways to perform a transformation, and the best solution may not always be the most straightforward. The recipes in this Cookbook demonstrate and explain XSLT's template-based logic, a frequent stumbling block for developers new to XSLT. Among the variety of XSLT books now available, none has the explicit solution-oriented approach of this Cookbook.
Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations, along with the XML Path Language, give you the power to transform XML documents into HTML documents, or to other XML documents that you can use in Web-based applications. But how do you implement XSLT in the real world? This book provides the answers. Covering everything from reformatting numbers to creating dynamic XSLT applications, XSLT expert Jeni Tennison delivers a wealth of ready-to-use utility templates and practical XSLT solutions -- everything you need to jump-start XSLT development. With XSLT and XPath on the Edge, Unlimited Edition, you'll: * Take advantage of utility templates for searching and replacing strings, calculating minimums, and more * Build your own recursive templates or use simple XPaths * Discover ready-made solutions for filtering, numbering, grouping, and other transformations * Understand the building blocks of XSLT applications * Separate style from format and break up your stylesheet into functional modules that are easier to maintain and reuse * Build dynamic applications that use client-side processing with MSXML or server-side processing with Cocoon * Fine-tune stylesheets to work more efficiently and deliver exactly the output you're looking for * Harness the power of the XSLT extensions available with MSXML, Saxon, and Xalan With this Unlimited Edition, owners of the book can download all-new content from the Web and access a searchable version of the book online.