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 126.96.36.199. Content Model 188.8.131.52.1. Mixed Content 184.108.40.206.2. Element Content 220.127.116.11.3. Content Particles 18.104.22.168. The ANY Keyword 22.214.171.124. The EMPTY Keyword 1.2.3. SGML: Elements 126.96.36.199. Multiple Element Types 188.8.131.52. Omitted Tag Minimization 184.108.40.206. Exceptions 220.127.116.11. Declared Content 18.104.22.168. Mixed Content 22.214.171.124. Unordered Content 1.3. Attributes 1.3.1. Attribute Type 126.96.36.199. String Type 188.8.131.52. Tokenized Types 184.108.40.206. Enumerated Types 220.127.116.11.1. NOTATION Attributes 1.3.2. Default Value 18.104.22.168. Literal Values 22.214.171.124. Keywords 1.3.3. Multiple Declarations 1.3.4. SGML: Attributes 126.96.36.199. Attribute Types 188.8.131.52. Attribute Default Values 184.108.40.206. Multiple Attribute Definition Lists 220.127.116.11. 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 18.104.22.168. Default Entity 22.214.171.124. External Identifiers 126.96.36.199. Data Text 188.8.131.52. External Entity Types 1.5. Notations 1.5.1. Notation Declarations 1.5.2. SGML: Notations 184.108.40.206. Data Attributes 1.6. Conditional Sections 1.7. Processing Instructions 1.7.1. Why bother with Processing Instructions? 1.7.2. SGML: Processing Instructions 220.127.116.11. 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 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 2.3.2. DocBook 22.214.171.124. Background 126.96.36.199. Quick Tour 188.8.131.52.1. What's on Top? 184.108.40.206.2. What's in the Middle? 220.127.116.11.3. What's on the Bottom? 18.104.22.168. Sample Document 22.214.171.124. Availability 2.3.3. Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI) 126.96.36.199. Background 188.8.131.52.1. Full TEI 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 2.3.4. MIL-STD-38784 (CALS) 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 2.3.5. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML 4.0) 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 Part 2: Principles of DTD Analysis Chapter 3. Ease of Learning 3.1. DTD Size 3.1.1. Logical Units 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.1.2. Learning Requirements 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2. DTD Consistency 3.2.1. Naming 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2.2. Parallel Design 188.8.131.52. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2.3. Element-Type Classes 184.108.40.206. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.2.4. Global Attributes 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.3. DTD Intuitiveness 3.3.1. Naming 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 3.3.2. Structure 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs Chapter 4. Ease of Use 4.1. Physical Effort 4.1.1. Content Models 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.1.2. Attribute Definitions 188.8.131.52. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.2. Choice 4.2.1. Limiting Choices 184.108.40.206. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3. Flexibility 4.3.1. Descriptive and Prescriptive DTDs 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3.2. Inline Element Types 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3.3. Role Attributes 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs 4.3.4. Generic Element Types 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs Chapter 5. Ease of Processing 5.1. Predictability 5.1.1. Constraint 188.8.131.52. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.2. Recursion 184.108.40.206. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.3. Generic Element Types and Role Attributes 220.127.116.11. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.4. Authors' Modifications 18.104.22.168. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.1.5. SGML: Placement of Data and Subdocument Entities 22.214.171.124. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.2. Context 5.2.1. Containers 126.96.36.199. Examples from the Model DTDs 5.2.2. Implied Attribute Values 188.8.131.52. 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 184.108.40.206. Changes to the Same Content Token 220.127.116.11. New Element Types 6.1.5. ANY and EMPTY 6.1.6. Attribute Compatibility 18.104.22.168. Repetition 22.214.171.124. Omissibility 126.96.36.199.1. Changes to Default Value 188.8.131.52. Alternation 184.108.40.206. Typing 6.1.7. SGML: Structural Compatibility 220.127.116.11. Ordering 18.104.22.168.1. Ordering of Data 22.214.171.124. Repetition of Data 126.96.36.199. CDATA and RCDATA declared content 188.8.131.52. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions 184.108.40.206. Additional SGML Attribute Types 6.2. Lexical Compatibility 6.2.1. Entities 6.2.2. Whitespace 6.2.3. SGML: Lexical Compatibility 220.127.116.11. Markup Minimisation 18.104.22.168.1. Start-Tag Omission 22.214.171.124.2. End-Tag Omission 126.96.36.199. 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 188.8.131.52. Changing IDREFs 184.108.40.206. Creating Placeholders 7.1.3. Entities 7.1.4. Summary 7.1.5. SGML: Stand-Alone Fragments 220.127.116.11. #CURRENT Attributes 18.104.22.168. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions 22.214.171.124.1. Inclusion Exceptions 126.96.36.199.2. 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 188.8.131.52. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions 7.3. Using Subdocuments 7.3.1. Ancestors and Siblings 7.3.2. Cross-References 184.108.40.206. Simple External Reference: HyTime Scheme 220.127.116.11.1. HyTime Value Reference 18.104.22.168. Simple External Reference: XLL Scheme 7.3.3. Entities 7.3.4. Summary 7.3.5. SGML: Subdocuments 22.214.171.124. SUBDOC Entities 126.96.36.199. Inclusion and Exclusion Exceptions Chapter 8. DTD Customisation 8.1. Types of Customisation 8.1.1. Simplifying a DTD for Authoring 188.8.131.52. Eliminating Unnecessary Choice 184.108.40.206. 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 220.127.116.11. 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 18.104.22.168. 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 22.214.171.124. SGML: Meta-DTD Configuration 11.5.2. SGML: Meta-DTDs 126.96.36.199. Meta-DTD Quantities 188.8.131.52. General NAMECASE Substitution Back Matter Appendix A. Model DTDs: Index of Element Types and Attributes Appendix B. General Index
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