[XML-SIG] several XML newbie questions

Uche Ogbuji uche.ogbuji at fourthought.com
Tue Sep 7 05:49:43 CEST 2004

On Thu, 2004-09-02 at 08:33, Lance E Sloan wrote:
> I've been programming with Python for a few years now.  I've written a lot 
> of CGIs for customers in which I've used either the DocumentTemplate or TAL 
> modules from Zope to produce output from templates.  I've decided it's 
> probably time for me to move on to using XSL for templates instead.
> One of my first questions is, which modules should I be using for this? 
> The information page about this mailing list suggested PyXML, but that 
> module doesn't do XSLT, does it?  (At least, XSLT isn't mentioned on the 
> project's SourceForge page.)  If PyXML does do XSLT, is that module 
> recommended over the libxml2/libxslt combination?  How about 4Suite?
> I don't necessarily need to use whatever the "best" module is right now. 
> I'd be happy to use a more "standard" module that may be imperfect.  As 
> long as it does what I need, I don't mind waiting for more features in the 
> future.
> I've been reading "Python & XML" by Jones and Drake.  It's a pretty good 
> book, but it needs to be updated.  For example, I've found that the 
> examples that use 4Suite don't work as written.  I understand that change 
> will happen, but I hope that O'Reilly will publish a new edition of the 
> book.  What other books would you folks recommend?  As I said, I'm mostly 
> interested in XSLT and a Python slant on the subject would be nice.

To the rescue:


In general, you might be interested in:


Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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A hands-on introduction to ISO Schematron - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/edu/x-dw-xschematron-i.html
Practical (Python) SAX Notes - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/08/11/py-xml.html
XML circles the globe - http://www.javareport.com/article.asp?id=9797
Element structures for names and addresses - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-elemdes.html
Commentary on "Objects. Encapsulation. XML?" - http://www.adtmag.com/article.asp?id=9090
Harold's Effective XML - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-think25.html
A survey of XML standards - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-stand4/

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