Mastering XSL

2 days

This course covers the complete W3C Specifications of XSL (XSLT and XPath) and exposes the student to the full power of transforming XML documents.

  • Understand the architecture and process of XSLT
  • Full coverage of XPath (contexts, axes, tests, data types, type casting, functions, all expressions)
  • XPath vs/and XQuery
  • Comprehend all aspects of templates
  • Deal with namespaces
  • Adding dynamics using XSLT variables and template parameters
  • Produce multiple outputs
  • The semantics and syntax of XSLT declarations and instructions
  • Use and define XSLT Functions
  • How to structure XSL Stylesheet documents (include and import)

Students should be experienced with XML and Software development

Please find the course objectives below:

Introduction to XSL

  • Introduce the extensible Stylesheet Language
  • Introduce the extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations
  • Explain the Transformation process
  • Discuss when you would need or could use XSL

Introduction to XPath

  • Introduce XPath
  • Learn the fundamentals of XPath needed for learning XSLT
  • List the different types of expressions
  • Understand the basics of the path expression syntax
  • Understand step expressions
  • Address XML attributes using the XPath path expression
  • Understand the meaning and the structure of a predicate
  • Understand the technique behind the predicate truth value
  • Use predicates with logical operators such as and/or
  • Peek into the extensive function library of XPath

XSLT Introduction

  • Create basic XSLT documents
  • Understand the structure of an XSLT document
  • Explain the syntax of the stylesheet declaration
  • Explain template declarations
  • Understand the "default template"
  • Understand the two main methods of using templates
  • Use Output instructions (value-of)
  • Use Conditional instructions ( if, choose, when, otherwise)
  • Use the for-each instruction

Building Stylesheets

  • Understand XSLT templates
  • Understand template pattern matching
  • Define multiple templates
  • Use the apply-templates and call-templateinstruction
  • Understand parameters and variables
  • Understand value and parameter values
  • Understand tunneled parameters
  • Understand how to specify the output document or multiple documents of a transformation
  • Understand how to organise stylesheets using include and import
  • Understand the concept of stylesheet precedence
  • Use character mapping
  • List XSLT (additional) functions

Using XPath

  • Understand the full syntax of important XPath expressions
  • Know the full composition of the path expression and its step expressions
  • List the axes that partition a document from any context without overlap.
  • Understand the meaning of axes concepts like siblings, child , ancestors and descendants
  • Understand the node test (name and kind tests)
  • List the different kind of tests available in XPath
  • Appreciate the abbreviated syntax
  • Understand data types in XPath (and list the XPath specific types)
  • Understand type casting in XPath
  • Explain the Comparison expressions
  • Explain the for expression
  • Explain sequence expressions
  • Explain quantified expressions

Using XSLT elements

  • Understand grouping in XSLT using the for-each-group instruction
  • Understand how to add dynamic nodes and attributes to the resulting document
  • Understand how to use attribute value templates
  • Copy nodes to the result document
  • Understand how to format numbers
  • Understand how to use cross-references in XSLT
  • Understand numbering and how to control and configure the automatic numbering
  • Discuss miscellaneous XSLT instructions
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