XML: Introduction

2 Day Course
Hands On
Code MT116

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XML is a meta-language for describing markup languages. XML offers the capability to define tags and the structural relationships between them and omits the need for predefined tags. This eliminates the unnecessary restrictions faced when coding in HTML which explains XML’s fast growing popularity.

This practical hands-on course is designed to give HTML coders a comprehensive introduction to XML (plus DTD, Namespaces and RSS) and the emerging technologies of Xlink, Xpointer and Xinclude.

This two day intensive course can also be taken as a three day course on an individual tuition or private company basis for those inexperienced with hand coding HTML and CSS.

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Introduction (5 topics)

  • Why XML?
  • The Document Object model
  • Modelling XML documents
  • Well-formed and valid documents

Basic rules of XML (7 topics)

  • Elements, Attributes and Values
  • XML declaration
  • The Root Element
  • Adding comments
  • Default entities
  • Displaying tags as text
  • Namespaces

Document Type Definition (DTD) (5 topics)

  • Internal DTD
  • External DTD
  • Personal external DTD
  • Public external DTD
  • Occurrence operators

Defining elements and attributes in a DTD (8 topics)

  • Defining elements
  • Defining an element to contain
  • only text
  • one child
  • a sequence
  • Defining choices
  • Simple attributes
  • Attributes and unique values

Entities and notations in DTDs (5 topics)

  • Internal general entities
  • Shortcuts for text in external files
  • External parameter entities
  • Entities for unparsed content
  • Embedding unparsed content

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) (4 topics)

  • Push vs Pull technology
  • RSS readers
  • Transforming your RSS
  • Browsers and RSS transformation

XML schema (7 topics)

  • Simple and complex types
  • Schema namespaces
  • Target location
  • Simple schema
  • Simple schema's location
  • Annotating schemas
  • Validating with schemas

Introduction to XSLT (7 topics)

  • Source tree
  • Style sheet
  • Result tree
  • Parsers
  • Template rules
  • Literals
  • Xpath

Building templates (7 topics)

  • Looping through your XML document
  • Formatting your template
  • Template match
  • Value-of select
  • Extracing attributes
  • Formatting tables
  • Sorting

Emerging technologies (2 topics)

  • Xpointer
  • Xinclude

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