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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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Review: Altova StyleVision

The view can be toggled between the output preview and the XSLT stylesheet by clicking the dropdown menu arrow and making stylevisiob appropriate selection. Let’s talk about dynamic content first. Of course, because the node’s content may change later, its current content is always used at output generation time.

This may all seem a bit confusing if you think you’re designing an output page layout. In Form-based mode, each page is designed independently of others and elements are placed exactly where you specify. Learn on your own schedule with interactive modules that contain guided instruction, video-enhanced tutorials, quizzes, and resources for further study.

In a “small stroke of genius” which, in my opinion, is a serious oxymoron on the order of “Ed Hardy fashion”Form-based mode also includes a blueprint capability. By adding dynamic and static content in this way, you can design your page to contain exactly what you want, where you want it.


Let’s look at a graphic that may help clarify things. And all this without coding! 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.

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Without question, it offers a new and unique approach to XSLT transform authoring, a skill formerly reserved for beanie-wearing, pocket-protector using, syntax-obsessing code jockeys such as your humble reviewer.

Tutorial page with some styles applied. You can even use multiple schema sources for the same page. When you’re done, StyleVision generates the XSLT transforms needed to convert your data sources into one or more desired output formats that look like your original design.

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Menus, toolbars, tabs, dockable panes, and central work area are all appropriately positioned, with high-level, general information panes Project, Design Overview, Schema Tree on the left and low-level, specific information panes Styles, Properties on the right. StyleVision is one of the stylrvision interesting software applications I’ve seen in years. To make an open document active, click its tab.

In this page you include both static content text, images, form elements and dynamic content XML nodes, database elements. Apart from individual styles, you can also create global style rules to control the entire output or chunks of it.

Global templates let you define rules for presenting specific elements wherever they appear in the output, without having to treat each occurrence separately. stlevision

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Say, “Thank you, StyleVision. Nevertheless, StyleVision is all that and more.


StyleVision is flexible and allows you to approach page design however you like. Here’s a just slightly spiffed-up version of the above page, with some local formatting and style classes added. It takes in schema-based content references and spits out transforms hutorial process the content and produce the final output.

We’ll talk more about SPSs later. Frankly, if you aren’t kind of a bit-flipper by nature, writing XSLT transforms can be a daunting and difficult task.

Each of the views listed above is available as a tab at the bottom of the Main Window in the Views Bar. Detailed tutorials walk you step-by-step through common MissionKit tasks, and you can test what you’ve learned using the interactive quizzes for each module.

But you aren’t; what you’re really designing is an XSLT stylesheetonly visually instead of with code. While some coders might lament the loss of a previously proprietary skill set to non-programmers, the fact is that spreading knowledge around is a good thing. These gutorial are a preview of the actual output format and of the XSLT stylesheet used to generate that output. Clever rascals, those Viennese! Once selected, the schema is added as a schema stylevisiion in the Design Overview and Schema Tree panes.