The XML and SGML Cookbook :
by Rick Jelliffe
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Availability: This title usually ships within 24 hours. Paperback - 450 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (May 1998); Prentice Hall Press; ISBN: 0136142230 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.75 x 9.21 x 7.02; Amazon.com Sales Rank: 25,508; Avg. Customer Review:**** ; Number of Reviews: 1
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The author, Rick Jelliffe (email@example.com) , July 5, 1998
I started off this book as an attempt to do for markup languages what the "pattern movement" has done for object-oriented programming languages. This is part 2 of the book. The reader can prefabricate a prototype DTD from the patterns (recipes) quickly, and then test and refine it.
But I soon discovered that in order to use the patterns well, the new reader would benefit from a good summary of many practical issues: which kinds of documents are suitable for XML and which are not, the applicability of software engineering concepts, how DTDs grow and develop. This formed part 1.
Part 3 is about an area which has received almost no treatment elsewhere: low-level formatting, segmentation and collation (sorting), and character issues. This part acts as a framework for understanding XSL and DSSSL. Some of the internationalization and pattern material has been translated from Japanese and Chinese for this book and cannot be found in elsewhere in English!
The book was largely written at the same time as XML was developed: as a member of the XML Special Interest Group I had a ringside seat on the development and reasons behind XML, and I made some contribution to XML's naming, character and internationalization features. Tracking the discussions was really useful: it showed up many of the common questions of intelligent people coming in new from the HTML world.
I spent a good deal of effort on the formatting: for example, the fonts have been redrawn to display XML markup clearly. I hope readers will find it useful for creating their own markup languages.