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XML for the rest of us
As we move from creating documents to managing the flow of content, the Extensible Markup Language (XML) provides
This workshop gives non-programmers an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of XML, then shows you how to create a model describing your standard content, and mark up documents with the tags in your model.
In-class exercises help you try out what you are learning. An extensive handout provides full details of the material we are studying, with diagrams, examples, and background, providing a useful reference when you return to work.
You do not need to know HTML, but some familiarity with Web publishing will help you understand the context in which XML becomes important. This course does not give nuts-and-bolts instruction on any particular tool.
You are learning to tag an XML document, and to create the model for a series of XML documents, the Document Type Definition (DTD).
After this workshop, you will be able to
Day One: Creating a Well-Formed XML Document
Day Two: Creating a Valid XML Document
Ready, Set, XML (6 weeks)
Week 2: The prolog of a well-formed XML document
Week 3: The DOCTYPE declaration
Week 4: Elements
Week 5: Attributes
Week 6: Entities, notations, comments
Creating an XML DTD (6 weeks)
Week 2: Declaring elements
Week 3: Declaring attributes
Week 4: Declaring entities, notations, and comments
Week 5: Analyzing documents to create DTDs
Week 6: Leading your team in developing and using DTDs
Dr. Jonathan Price teaches web writing, information architecture, content management, and XML at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of New Mexico, the Society for Technical Communication, and many major corporations. Jonathan and his wife Lisa are writers and editors for sites such as AOL, Disney, Hewlett Packard, Intuit, and KBKids. Lisa and Jonathan have written The Best of Online Shopping, and Hot Text: Web Writing that Works.
Schedule and locations
Online: JER Online Workshops, open registration
Attention, Corporate Managers!
If you have a group of people who are all writing the same kind of materials, we can customize the course, so that it reflects common problems that your people face. Examples seem familiar; exercises resemble their day-to-day work. Result: they can see, immediately, how the course can help them do their jobs.
Writing that Works!