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Subject: XSLT Cookbook - HELP
From: "Mitchell, Lincoln L." <Lincoln.Mitchell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 18:08:19 +0800
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Hi all,
I am newish to XSLT and brought the book 'XSLT Cookbook', after reading "Beginning XSLT". I am trying to work through the "XML to SVG" chapter. However, I find the book VERY disorganized. I have spent the best part of my weekend trying to marry up code in the book with the downloaded code files and then trying to get the examples to run. In some cases the code is very different, where comments are removed (fair enough) but also whole new blocks of code are added ??????????. I think even advanced XML/XSLT users would find this a hassle. 

The online reviews I have read for this book say it's excellent! And I am hoping it is just my lack of experience with XML and XSLT that is the main problem and that someone out there can help (Sol?, Jenny?). 

Q1. How do I run the code on page 338 ("test-axis3" not "test-axis1" as expected), using Xalan? It seems to me that there is no XML data file to transform and produce "axis3.svg". ?
Some attempts where:
1. Using a 'dummy.xml' file that contains only an empty "root" node.
C:\XSLTCkBkCode\svg>java org.apache.xalan.xslt.Process -IN dummy.xml -XSL test-axis3.xslt -OUT axis3output.svg
2. Trying to run just an xslt file in isolation (although I don't believe that it is possible)
C:\XSLTCkBkCode\svg>java org.apache.xalan.xslt.Process -IN test-axis3.xslt -OUT

Q2. Is there additional support info about this book about the downloaded code and how to run them. If there is not, I strongly recommend one be created.



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