This course introduces the eXtensible Stylesheet Language, or XSL -- also known as XSL with Formatting Objects or XSLFO, to distinguish it clearly from XSLT. XSLFO provides the ultimate, standards-based solution to producing print and other presentation documents from XML information. This course teaches XSL with a focus on producing PDFs, using Apache FOP as the formatting engine. Though XSL is quite a dense technology, this one-day course provides a solid grounding in the basic techniques, and students will leave the course ready to tackle simple to moderately complex formatting tasks.
- Describe the relationship between XSLT and XSLFO, and their roles in the typical XML-to-print production process.
- Understand the formatting objects model, including the concepts of page, area, block, and line.
- Build page masters and master sets to define common page layouts and area models.
- Build page sequences to produce body, header and footer content.
- Format content using blocks, inlines, lists and tables.
- Take explicit control of document pagination.
- Apply properties to formatting objects and use XSLFO's property-inheritance model effectively.
- Build tables of contents and embed hyperlinks into documents