Xlink and XSLT

Steven J. DeRose, David Durand


XML is starting to revolutionize the way data and documents are managed and produced, on the web and elsewhere, by bringing years of text-encoding experience to bear on these problems. XLink promises to do the same thing for hypertext linking. XSLT (the W3C's XML transformation language) is becoming a key tool in the XML implementors toolbox. The course will take advantage synergies between the two standards: XLink and XSLT share a key component (the XPath pattern matching language); and XSLT can be a useful tool in implementing Xlink processing systems. Xlink provides much more powerful link representation and addressing features than HTML, and XSLT provides an XML processing language tuned to the creation of document translations. The course is target\ted towards anyone who knows something about XML and wants to see how it can be used to support advanced hypertext functionality. It assumes a basic knowledge of XML, and some knowledge of hypertext linking.

Presenter biographies

Steven J. DeRose is Chair, Bible Technologies Group. He has served as Chief Scientist at Inso Corporation, and Visiting Chief Scientist at the Brown Univesity Scholarly Technology Group. Dr. DeRose is an Editor of the Xlink specification, and has taken part in the XML, TEI, and HyTime standards efforts. He was a founder of Electronic Book Technologies and architect of the Dynatext product. He was head of the TEI working group on Hypertext representation, and wrote the TEI hypertext specification with David.

David Durand is VP software architecture at Ingenta plc, Chief Scientist at the Scholarly Technology Group, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Brown's Department of Computer Science. Dr. Durand is a co-author, with Steve, of "Making Hypermedia Work: A User's Guide to HyTime." He has taken part in the Text Encoding Initiative, XML, HyTime, XLink and WebDAV standards efforts, and has been working with and on structured document representations and hypertext for the last 20 years, in academic and industrial contexts.

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