JV-394: Intro to XML

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About this Course

In this course you will learn fundamentals necessary to use XML on the Web or in data processing applications. Through lecture and hands-on lab exercises, you will learn the essentials of data interoperability using XML, write well-formed XML documents, enforce document validity, use XSLT and stylesheets to transform XML documents, and get an introduction to XML programming APIs in languages such as Java and Perl.

Audience Profile

Anyone who needs an introduction to XML, including application developers, Web developers, XML document authors, and webmasters.

At Course Completion


Getting Started with XML

  • Data and Document Structure
  • XML
  • Well-Formed XML
  • Validity vs. Well-Formed XML
  • Enforcing Validity: DTDs
  • Presentation Style

XSL and XSLT XML Overview

  • Markups
  • HTML vs. XML
  • Why XML?
  • Using XML XML Syntax

XML Fundamentals

  • Tag Attributes
  • Naming Rules
  • Empty and Non-Empty Elements
  • Nesting and Hierarchy of Tags
  • Processing Instructions and the XML Declaration
  • Other XML Tags
  • Entity and Character References Writing DTDs
  • XML DTDs

Element Conditions

  • Element Quantifiers
  • Attributes
  • Attribute Default
  • Parsed General Entities
  • Parsed Parameterized Entities Namespaces
  • Why Namespaces?
  • Namespace Prefixes and Declaration
  • Multiple Namespace Declarations
  • Declaring Namespaces in the Root Element
  • Default Namespaces
  • DTD's and Namespaces
  • Fixing Namespace Names in DTD Basic XML Schemas

Schema Overview

  • A Minimal Schema
  • Associating Unqualified XML with a Schema
  • Element Declarations
  • Attribute Declarations
  • Complex Types
  • Simple and Built-in Types
  • Derivation of Simple Types
  • Choices
  • Named Types and Anonymous Types

Mixed Content Transforming XML Using XSLT

  • Transformations
  • Templates
  • XPath: Selecting a Node
  • XPath: Navigating the Tree
  • Extracting Element Values
  • Choosing Specific Cases
  • Multiple Element Transformation
  • Sorting Elements XML in Applications

Reasons and Places for Using XML

  • Parsers and XML Generators
  • DOM Parsers
  • SAX Parsers
  • Web Services Appendix - Presenting XML for the Web - CSS
  • Stylesheet Languages
  • Formatting with Rules
  • Defining Elements as Blocks
  • Colors and Fonts
  • Page Layout with CSS

Lists Appendix - Namespaces and XML Schema

Associating Qualified XML with a Schema