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XML : Introduction

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Two Day Course


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 with little or no experience of hand coding HTML and CSS. You should have attended the Introduction to HTML course at Media Training or have an equivalent working knowledge.

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Course Outline

  • Day one

    • XML, XHTML and HTML
    • Why use XML?
    • The Document Object model
    • Modelling XML documents
    • Well-formed and valid documents

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

    Document Type Definition (DTD)
    • Internal DTD
    • External DTD
    • Personal external DTD
    • Public external DTD
    • Occurrence operators

    Elements and attributes in a DTD
    • 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
    • Internal general entities
    • Shortcuts for text in external files
    • External parameter entities
    • Entities for unparsed content
    • Embedding unparsed content
  • Day two

    Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
    • Push vs Pull technology
    • RSS readers
    • Transforming your RSS
    • Browsers and RSS transformation

    An overview of XML schema
    • Simple and complex types
    • Schema namespaces
    • Target location
    • Simple schema
    • Simple schema location
    • Annotating schemas
    • Validating with schemas

    Introduction to XSLT
    • Source tree
    • Style sheet
    • Result tree
    • Parsers
    • Template rules
    • Literals
    • Xpath

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

    Emerging technologies
    • Xpointer
    • Xinclude

    Questions and answers
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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed13140
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
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"Friendly staff with excellent facilities and refreshments."

"Great food, friendly staff, great facilities, good course."

"All the staff and trainers were friendly and knowledgable. Dele was able to tailor parts of the course to my needs, which was very useful."

"I am happy with overall experience of the course that has helped me learning the basics of XML. The trainer has been very helpful and kept us engaged throughout the course. the refreshments and lunch provided has been great. So overall I am very happy with the end results and hoping I could apply my learning from the course at my workplace."

"Everything, really enjoyed it"

"Very good and understanding how I could use new skills at my place of work. Checking that I understood what the code was doing. Letting me know what else I should concentrate on in order to improve my skills and knowledge. Very enjoyable course, will definitely look at attending other courses here."