The Bottom Line
This book is one of the most comprehensive XML books available. You'll find an overview of all of the important XML specifications.
- VERY comprehensive
- Covers all the current XML specifications
- Historical information is interesting
- Historical data about XML and the Web introduce the book.
- Several chapters explaining XML, how it works, and how to use it.
- Chapters on DTDs, namespaces, and XML Schema.
- Learn how to parse using SAX, the DOM, JDOM, and JAXP.
- An overview of styling and transformationsusing CSS2, XSL, and XSLT.
- Coverage of other core specifications: XLink, XPointer, XPath, RDF, and more.
- The included CD has lots of software and the installation instructions are simple to use.
- There is also a poster that details the conception dates of various specifications.
Guide Review - XML Family of Specifications by Kenneth Sall
The first word that went through my mind when I picked up this book was WOW! It is a very comprehensive book on XML and the specifications surrounding it. The examples and software included in the book and on the CD make it very easy to follow along and understand the basics of all the specifications covered. And there are a lot covered. From the basics of XML including DTDs, namespaces, and XML Schema, to more advanced specifications like XPath, introduction to parsing using several different methods, and more. This book is fairly advanced, but it takes you through XML in easy language and helpful examples and images.