Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

XSLT Fundamentals

Instructor: Robert Chavez

Dates: October 5th through November 1st, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


This hands-on course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the XSL Transformation language (XSLT) for manipulating and transforming XML documents and data. At its core, a transformation expressed in XSLT describes rules for transforming input data into output data.

Some of the rules and topics we'll cover will include:

  • XPath 2.0 and 3.0 basics and functions
  • XSLT templates, template rules, and template processing
  • XSLT variables
  • A host of XSLT functions
  • Repetitive and Conditional processing
  • Using XSLT to work with and output JSON

We'll focus primarily on XSLT v.2.0 and the latest XSLT version, v.3.0.

As we learn how to build XSL stylesheets, we'll also focus on some best practices around XSLT structure, syntax, and approaches to transforming data.

Students should have a basic knowledge of XML and XPath before starting the course, but no knowledge of XSLT is necessary. The natural way to prepare would be to take Transforming and Querying XML with XSLT and XQuery first.

Robert Chavez

Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine as Content Applications Architect. Interview with Robert Chavez

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

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