XML for the Web
Level 2 (CQFW Level 5), 20 Credits.
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This course assumes a knowledge of the topics covered in the Advanced Web Publishing module. This course covers the fundamentals of application of XML including XHTML and WAP and includes an introduction to using XML to store and generate documents, a discussion of the advantages of using this type of mark-up language, creating and defining XML data and, finally, formatting and displaying XML documents. Developments in the technology will be surveyed and students will be able to research new technologies using the original specifications and resources.
Who is this course for?
Students attending this course should already have a good inderstanding of HTML and Cascading Style sheets.
Learning and Teaching
This module includes a mix of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. Each meeting starts with a lecture and finishes with a laboratory session.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
During the course, students will be given assignments to be submitted to the course tutor. At the end of the course, there will be a class test.
- Background to the development of XML
- Advantages of use
- Concept of well formed mark-up
- Conversion of HTML to XHTML
- Creating XML documents
- Concept of specification of document types with Document Type Definitions (DTD) and XML Schemas
- Using Namespaces
- XML Validation tools
- Styling XML using cascading Style Sheets(CSS)
- Transformation of XML document to other XML, HTML or txt documents using extensible Style Language
- Transformations (XSLT)
- Introduction to Xpath, Xlink and Xpointer
- An outline of XML developments e.g. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Synchronous Multimedia Interchange Language (SMIL), Wireless Access Protocal (WAP)
- E Harold et al “XML in a Nutchell” O’Reilly 2002
- XSLT, D Tidwell, O’Reilly, 2001
- E Harols “XML Bible”, Hungry Minds, 2001
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
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