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Linux Gazette: Linux, Java and XML

Jan 02, 2000, 15:18 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eoin Lane)

"This article is a basic introduction to the new web markup language XML and the transformation language XSL. Here I show how the Apache web server can be configured using the servlet engine JServ, to do client side XML/XSL transformation using Apache's Cocoon servlet...."

"The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a powerful new web markup language (ISO approval in February 1999). It is a powerful way of separating web content and style. A lot has been written about XML, but to be used effectively in web design the technologies behind it must be understood. To this end I have added my own two pence worth to the already vast amount of literature out there on the subject. This article is not a place to learn XML, nor is it a place where the capabilities of XML are explored to their fullest, but is is a place where the technologies behind XML can be put in practice immediately...."

"Today web pages need to be dynamic, interactive, back-ended with databases, secure and eye catching to compete in an ever more crowded cyberspace. Enter XML, a new mark-up language to deal with the complexities of modern web design. XML is only 20 percent as complex as SGML and can handle 80 percent of SGML situations (believe me when you are talking about coding ancient Chinese dialects, 80 percent is plenty). In the following section I will will briefly compare two markup examples, one in HTML and the second is XML, demonstrating the benefits of an XML approach. In the final section I will show you how to set up an Apache web server to serve an XML document so that you may begin immediately to start using XML in your web design."

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