[xsl] XSLT Programmer's Reference 4th Edition

Subject: [xsl] XSLT Programmer's Reference 4th Edition
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 09:28:36 +0100
>Just read the relevant W3 Specs and any good XSLT book.

Speaking of which, the 4th edition of my "XSLT 2.0 Programmer's Reference"
is now finally in my hands, so although it has been pre-announced several
times on this list, I thought I might say a few words about it.

In production terms, the publishers seem to have done an excellent job. XSLT
and XPath are now back in one book, and although this is now over 1300
pages, the paper quality and binding are much better than the 3rd edition,
and the book is no thicker or heavier than the 900-page XSLT volume of the
3rd edition. I know that many readers give the book heavy use and complain
about it falling apart; hopefully the hard cover format will make this less
likely in future. The publishers have also fixed all the frequently-reported
problems in the previous edition: the diagrams are much improved, there is a
vastly better index, and above all the alphabetically-organized chapters now
have running page headers that tell you where you are in the chapter. It's
also easy to find the right chapter by virtue of printed marks on the page

The changes to the content are largely (a) to bring XSLT and XPath back
together into one volume, (b) to bring the content up-to-date with the final
W3C specifications of January 2007, (c) miscellaneous updating of product
information, etc, and (d) correction of errors.

Michael Kay

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