Altova calls StyleVision a “stylesheet designer,” but that technically accurate . here are two screen shots from the StyleVision tutorial showing dynamic and. documents. XSLT programming just doesn’t get any easier than with StyleVision. . How To: Work with the XML Schema editor in XMLSpy. XMLSpy Tutorial. Starting Eclipse and using the XMLSpy Plug-in. Design HTML/PDF Output in StyleVision

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It takes in schema-based content references and spits out transforms that process the content and produce the final tutoria. The only even remotely interesting formatting is the bolded “For Immediate Release.

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Everything is where you expect it titorial be, and does what you expect it to do.

SPS documents in the Main Window. Let’s talk about dynamic content first. Times Roman font, left justified, black on white. The beauty of this process is that once the XSLT stylesheets are written, they can repeatedly process any number of content files as long as they conform to the original schema.

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Plus, as you write the XSLT, you have to know your data sources, understand their schemas, and carefully code for the output format at all times. Without question, it offers a new and unique approach to XSLT transform authoring, a skill formerly reserved for beanie-wearing, pocket-protector stylevisio, syntax-obsessing code jockeys such as your humble reviewer. With StyleVision, you draw your desired output page visually, much like you would draw an app form in Microsoft Visual Studio or a web page in Adobe Dreamweaver.

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Static content, on the other hand, is content you enter directly into the page, content that never changes. You can also use this method to add XML element attributes, thereby obtaining data not present in the parent element’s actual value. First, there’s ugh local formatting — certainly not the recommended method, but there when you need it.

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To make an open document active, click its tab. Hence the name Style And by the way, just in case you feel like the Design mode shot above doesn’t look much like WYSIWYG sniffle because boo hoo you stylrvision see whimper the XML markers oh wahI offer for comparison a tiny little snippet of the actual SPS file wherein your design actually resides.

Finally, you can even create global templates containing formatting, layout, and processing rules to be reused throughout your design, or applied only when certain conditions exist in the source data. From this point, you can add content as needed, either tuforial or static.

To help illustrate this distinction, here are two screen shots from the StyleVision tutorial showing dynamic and static content.

For example, stylevisoin the page design pane, you can type text or insert graphics in or between XML nodes; these items will appear in the output stream just where you put them in relation to the data. The basic StyleVision workflow. Apart from individual styles, you can also create global style rules to control the entire output or chunks of it. One interesting feature of the main document pane is a series of preview tabs along the bottom.

The first is the design pane in native mode, showing dynamic XML altofa which I’ve boxed in blue and static elements boxed in red, both inside and outside the dynamic elements. Believe me, that’s a neat trick if you can do it, and StyleVision can.


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Free-flow mode is used for designing reports, documentation, books, news articles, and the like. StyleVision is one of the most interesting software applications I’ve seen in years.

The tab of the selected view is highlighted. This may all seem a bit confusing if you think you’re designing an output page layout.

Alternately, you can insert any of various convenient predefined formats, and you can assign any page component to a class attribute to make it easier to style across the board. For this review, I used the free Enterprise day trial edition. This allows you to place both single- and multiple-appearance static elements into the page design, so the final product looks just the way you want.

Here are some links to more StyleVision info each opens in a new styleviion. It allows more of the tech pubs workforce than ever to transform raw data into aesthetic, useful pages. Up to now we’ve just put dynamic and static data into our page design, and left the rendering to the output medium.

Blueprinting allows you sylevision import an image of an existing form paper or online and then create a matching page design over the blueprint — an intuitive, elegant, and effective way to create a form. Form-based mode is most useful where there is a small amount of data that must be precisely controlled by specific page elements.