Structuring XML Documents
by David Megginson
[Volume Description and Table of Contents]
Megginson, David. Structuring XML Documents. Charles F. Goldfarb Series on Open Information Management. [Subseries:] The Definitive XML Series from Charles F. Goldfarb. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall PTR, [March] 1998. Extent: xxxviii + 425 pages, CDROM. ISBN: 0-13-642299-3. Price: US $39.95.
A volume description and provisional Table of Contents for David Megginson's book Structuring XML Documents are provided below. See the full bibliography entry for a publisher's description of the work and other details; see also the "Prentice-Hall SGML Series" web page. David Megginson is the senior architect with Microstar Software Ltd., principal in Megginson Technologies Ltd.), and is the design lead for SAX, the Simple API for XML, a common event-based XML API now in use by many parsers and applications. Other published works by Megginson are listed on the author's Home Page. He may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Structuring XML Documents is not a beginner's tutorial on XML, but a book written on an intermediate/advanced level, designed to help applications designers build XML/SGML DTDs that work in real-world document systems. The author interacts rigorously with five major industry-standard DTDs -- ISO 12083, DocBook, Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI), MIL-STD-38784 (CALS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML 4.0) -- to illustrate how the necessary customizations and extensions can be implemented to support enterprise document processing objectives.
Structuring XML Documents is designed to help users apply XML and SGML to solve their document structuring problems. Specifically, readers will learn to: "1) analyze DTDs and adapt them for their specific processing needs; 2) build DTDs that are easier for others to learn, use, and process; 3) ensure structural compatability throughout their collection of enterprise DTDs; 4) use the new Architectural Forms standard to simplify complex DTD problems." [adapted from the back cover] The book's primary features, according to the front cover description: "1) Covers XML and Full SGML; 2) [Provides] the Expert's Guide to DTD Development; 3) [Helps] Leverage the Power of Architectural Forms; 4) Up to Date: Based on XML 1.0; 5) Companion CD-ROM Includes State-of-the-Art DTDs Plus XML Parsing Tools."
Structuring XML Documents is organized in four major parts:Part 1: Background, Part 2: Principles of DTD Analysis, Part 3: Advanced Issues in DTD Maintenance and Design, Part 4: DTD Design with Architectural Forms. Part 1 provides the reader with a review of XML/SGML DTD syntax sufficient to support an understanding of advanced topics treated in the remainder of the book; it also introduces the five industry DTDs that are to be used as models elsewhere in the book. Part 2 develops general principles for design and analysis using XML/SGML DTDs, as applicable to the collaborative work of writers, editors, and engineers. Part 3 of the book examines advanced topics in DTD design and maintenance, including: building compatibility between various versions of DTDs, document disassembly and reassembly, and DTD customization. Part 4, "DTD Design with Architectural Forms," illustrates the use of Architectural Forms and architecture processing relevant to SGML/XML documents, as recently standardized in the SGML Extended Facilities. The three chapters of Part 4 introduce Architectural Form processing, explain the most important features of the syntax, and address some advanced architectural-form constructs for difficult situations. In addition to a General Index (Appendix B), Appendix A of the book provides a detailed method for accessing the elements and attributes discussed in the industry DTDs: "Model DTDs: Index of Element Types and Attributes."
The companion CDROM for Structuring XML Documents provides several resources which enhance the value and usefulness of the book: 1) Free XML/SGML software and a live parsing demo; 2) HTML (live) links for the latest information on XML and SGML at the time of release; 3) Index of URLs mentioned in the book, organized by chapter; 4) Information on the five model DTDs used in the book, with links to local copies of four of them; 5) The standard ISO character entity sets for SGML.
The sub-series title of Structuring XML Documents -- "The Definitive XML Series from Charles F. Goldfarb" -- reflects the recent bifurcation of the primary Goldfarb series ("The Charles F. Goldfarb Series on Open Information Management"), at least for categorization, into "XML Titles" and "SGML Titles." In this schema, Megginson's book and The SGML Buyer's Guide are member of the former set, along with other XML titles "coming soon" from well-recognized authors: XML by Example, by Sean McGrath; The XML Handbook, by Charles Goldfarb and Paul Prescod; Designing XML Internet Applications, by Michael Leventhal, David Lewis and Matthew Fuchs; The XML and SGML Cookbook: Recipes for Structured Information, by Rick Jelliffe. The subseries description, as printed reads: "As XML is a subset of SGML, the Series List is categorized to show the degree to which a title applies to XML. 'XML Titles' are those that discuss XML explicitly and may alkso cover full SGML. 'SGML Titles' do not mention XML per se, but the principles covered may apply to XML."
Foreword, by Charles F. Goldfarb 0. Introduction 0.1. XML and SGML 0.2. The Book's Structure 0.3. Notations and Conventions 0.3.1. Presentation of Examples 0.3.2. Typographical Conventions Part 1: Background Chapter 1. Review of DTD Syntax 1.1. Document type declaration 1.2. Elements 1.2.1. Element Type 1.2.2. Content Specification 22.214.171.124. Content Model 126.96.36.199.1. Mixed Content 188.8.131.52.2. Element Content 184.108.40.206.3. Content Particles 220.127.116.11. The ANY Keyword 18.104.22.168. The EMPTY Keyword 1.2.3. SGML: Elements 22.214.171.124. Multiple Element Types 126.96.36.199. Omitted Tag Minimization 188.8.131.52. Exceptions 184.108.40.206. Declared Content 220.127.116.11. Mixed Content 18.104.22.168. Unordered Content 1.3. Attributes 1.3.1. Attribute Type 22.214.171.124. String Type 126.96.36.199. Tokenized Types 188.8.131.52. Enumerated Types 184.108.40.206.1. NOTATION Attributes 1.3.2. Default Value 220.127.116.11. Literal Values 18.104.22.168. Keywords 1.3.3. Multiple Declarations 1.3.4. SGML: Attributes 22.214.171.124. Attribute Types 126.96.36.199. Attribute Default Values 188.8.131.52. Multiple Attribute Definition Lists 184.108.40.206. Global Attributes 1.4. Entities 1.4.1. Entity Location 1.4.2. Entity Definitions 1.4.3. Entity Boundaries 1.4.4. SGML: Entities 220.127.116.11. Default Entity 18.104.22.168. External Identifiers 22.214.171.124. Data Text 126.96.36.199. External Entity Types 1.5. Notations 1.5.1. Notation Declarations 1.5.2. SGML: Notations 188.8.131.52. Data Attributes 1.6. Conditional Sections 1.7. Processing Instructions 1.7.1. Why bother with Processing Instructions? 1.7.2. SGML: Processing Instructions 184.108.40.206. PI Entities Chapter 2. Model DTDs 2.1. Reading about the Model DTDs 2.1.1. Sample Documents 2.2. A Note on Using Industry-Standard DTDs 2.3. The Five Model DTDs 2.3.1. ISO 12083 220.127.116.11. Background 18.104.22.168. Quick Tour 22.214.171.124.1. What's on Top? 126.96.36.199.2. What's in the Middle? 188.8.131.52.3. What's on the Bottom? 184.108.40.206. Sample Document 220.127.116.11. Availability 2.3.2. DocBook 18.104.22.168. Background 22.214.171.124. Quick Tour 126.96.36.199.1. What's on Top? 188.8.131.52.2. What's in the Middle? 184.108.40.206.3. What's on the Bottom? 220.127.116.11. Sample Document 18.104.22.168. Availability 2.3.3. Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI) 22.214.171.124. Background 126.96.36.199.1. Full TEI 188.8.131.52. Quick Tour 184.108.40.206.1. What's on Top? 220.127.116.11.2. What's in the Middle? 18.104.22.168.3. What's on the Bottom? 22.214.171.124. Sample Document 126.96.36.199. Availability 2.3.4. MIL-STD-38784 (CALS) 188.8.131.52. Background 184.108.40.206. Quick Tour 220.127.116.11.1. What's on Top? 18.104.22.168.2. What's in the Middle? 22.214.171.124.3. What's on the Bottom? 126.96.36.199. Sample Document 188.8.131.52. Availability 2.3.5. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML 4.0) 184.108.40.206. Background 220.127.116.11. Quick Tour 18.104.22.168.1. What's on Top? 22.214.171.124.2. What's in the Middle? 126.96.36.199.3. What's on the Bottom? 188.8.131.52. Sample Document 184.108.40.206. Availability Part 2: Principles of DTD Analysis Chapter 3. Ease of Learning 3.1. DTD Size 3.1.1. Logical Units 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.1.2. Learning Requirements 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2. DTD Consistency 3.2.1. Naming 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2.2. Parallel Design 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2.3. Element-Type Classes 188.8.131.52. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2.4. Global Attributes 184.108.40.206. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.3. DTD Intuitiveness 3.3.1. Naming 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.3.2. Structure 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs Chapter 4. Ease of Use 4.1. Physical Effort 4.1.1. Content Models 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.1.2. Attribute Definitions 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.2. Choice 4.2.1. Limiting Choices 188.8.131.52. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3. Flexibility 4.3.1. Descriptive and Prescriptive DTDs 184.108.40.206. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3.2. Inline Element Types 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3.3. Role Attributes 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3.4. Generic Element Types 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs Chapter 5. Ease of Processing 5.1. Predictability 5.1.1. Constraint 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.2. Recursion 188.8.131.52. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.3. Generic Element Types and Role Attributes 184.108.40.206. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.4. Authors' Modifications 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.5. SGML: Placement of Data and Subdocument Entities 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.2. Context 5.2.1. Containers 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.2.2. Implied Attribute Values 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.3. DTD Analysis: Final Considerations Part 3: Advanced Issues in DTD Maintenance and Design Chapter 6. DTD Compatibility 6.1. Structural Compatibility 6.1.1. Repetition 6.1.2. Omissibility 6.1.3. Alternation 6.1.4. Changes in Combination 188.8.131.52. Changes to the Same Content Token 184.108.40.206. New Element Types 6.1.5. ANY and EMPTY 6.1.6. Attribute Compatibility 220.127.116.11. Repetition 18.104.22.168. Omissibility 22.214.171.124.1. Changes to Default Value 126.96.36.199. Alternation 188.8.131.52. Typing 6.1.7. SGML: Structural Compatibility 184.108.40.206. Ordering 220.127.116.11.1. Ordering of Data 18.104.22.168. Repetition of Data 22.214.171.124. CDATA and RCDATA declared content 126.96.36.199. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions 188.8.131.52. Additional SGML Attribute Types 6.2. Lexical Compatibility 6.2.1. Entities 6.2.2. Whitespace 6.2.3. SGML: Lexical Compatibility 184.108.40.206. Markup Minimisation 220.127.116.11.1. Start-Tag Omission 18.104.22.168.2. End-Tag Omission 22.214.171.124. Record Ends Chapter 7. Exchanging Document Fragments 7.1. Editing Fragments as Stand-Alone Documents 7.1.1. Ancestors and Siblings 7.1.2. Cross-References 126.96.36.199. Changing IDREFs 188.8.131.52. Creating Placeholders 7.1.3. Entities 7.1.4. Summary 7.1.5. SGML: Stand-Alone Fragments 184.108.40.206. #CURRENT Attributes 220.127.116.11. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions 18.104.22.168.1. Inclusion Exceptions 22.214.171.124.2. Exclusion Exceptions 7.2. Reparenting in a Dummy Document 7.2.1. Ancestors and Siblings 7.2.2. Cross-References 7.2.3. Entities 7.2.4. Summary 7.2.5. SGML: Reparenting 126.96.36.199. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions 7.3. Using Subdocuments 7.3.1. Ancestors and Siblings 7.3.2. Cross-References 188.8.131.52. Simple External Reference: HyTime Scheme 184.108.40.206.1. HyTime Value Reference 220.127.116.11. Simple External Reference: XLL Scheme 7.3.3. Entities 7.3.4. Summary 7.3.5. SGML: Subdocuments 18.104.22.168. SUBDOC Entities 22.214.171.124. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions Chapter 8. DTD Customisation 8.1. Types of Customisation 8.1.1. Simplifying a DTD for Authoring 126.96.36.199. Eliminating Unnecessary Choice 188.8.131.52. Avoiding Markup Errors 8.1.2. Adding Element Types to a DTD 8.1.3. Restructuring a DTD's Components 8.2. Extension Mechanisms in the Model DTDs 8.2.1. Customising the DocBook DTD 8.2.2. Customising the TEI DTDs 184.108.40.206. Base and Auxiliary Tagsets 8.2.3. Customising the HTML DTD 8.2.4. Customising the MIL-STD-38784 DTD 8.2.5. Customising the ISO 12083 DTDs Part 4: DTD Design with Architectural Forms Chapter 9. Architectural-Forms Concepts 9.1. Meta-DTDs 9.2. Documents 9.2.1. Types of Architectural Forms 9.2.2. The Architectural Document 9.3. Practical Uses of Architectural Forms 9.3.1. DTD Extension 9.3.2. Software Reusability 220.127.116.11. A Common Book Architecture? 9.3.3. Multi-Use Documents 9.3.4. Extended Validation 9.4. Summary of Terminology Chapter 10. Basic Architectural-Forms Syntax 10.1. Setup and Configuration 10.1.1. Architecture Use Declaration Attributes 10.1.2. SGML: Original Syntax 10.1.2.1. Architecture Base Declaration 10.1.2.2. Architecture Notation Declaration 10.1.2.3. Architecture Entity Declaration 10.1.2.4. Architecture Support Attributes 10.2. Basic Forms 10.2.1. Deriving Elements 10.2.1.1. Element Form Strategies 10.2.2. Deriving Attributes 10.2.3. Deriving Notations 10.2.4. SGML: Basic Forms 10.2.4.1. Notation Forms Chapter 11. Advanced Architectural-Forms Syntax 11.1. Automatic Derivation 11.1.1. SGML: Automatic Derivation 11.2. Suppressing Architectural Processing 11.2.1. Suppressing Elements 11.2.2. Suppressing Data 11.2.3. SGML: Suppressing Architectural Processing 11.3. Architectural Attribute Values 11.3.1. Attribute Defaulting 11.3.2. Tokens 11.3.3. Deriving Content from Attribute Values 11.3.4. Deriving Attribute Values from Content 11.3.5. SGML: Architectural Attributes 11.4. Default Architectural Information 11.4.1. Creating a Default Notation 11.4.2. Resolving IDREFs 11.4.3. SGML: Default Architectural Information 11.5. Meta-DTDs 11.5.1. Meta-DTD Configuration 18.104.22.168. SGML: Meta-DTD Configuration 11.5.2. SGML: Meta-DTDs 22.214.171.124. Meta-DTD Quantities 126.96.36.199. General NAMECASE Substitution Back Matter Appendix A. Model DTDs: Index of Element Types and Attributes Appendix B. General Index
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