XML Books

Simon North north at Synopsys.COM
Fri Jan 9 15:42:48 GMT 1998

Chris Maden wrote:

> If there were XML publications, we'd refer you to them.  As far as I
> know, I have *all* of them.  _Presenting XML_'s first half is a good
> philosophical overview of the "why"s and "how"s of XML, but its
> second half, as well as most of _XML Complete_, is already obsolete
> because the specification is still changing.

That's a little unfair. I wrote much of the second part of Presenting 
XML, and all the material about SGML is still 99% accurate. The list 
of applications I talked about is 90% accurate and the bibliographies 
and WWW pointers are still 95% accurate. The only major change is XS 
instead of XS. FYI, we are working on an update of the book now.

"Dynamic Web Publishing" has a single chapter on XML; I condensed 
everything down into 22 pages, this too only covers XSL though. 
"HTML4 Unleashed, Professional Reference Edition" has five chapters 
and an appendix on XML, and there I *do* cover XS. 

Advertising over, I thought "XML Complete" was quite good. Not so 
much for the XML material but it does contain some very useful pieces 
of Java code (I'm not a Java programmer), and the chapters on Jade 
and DSSSL are still pretty good for entry material.

Simon North

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