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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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. And all this without coding! It takes in schema-based content references and tuforial out transforms that process the content and produce the final output. The view can be toggled between the design document and the JavaScript Editor by clicking the dropdown menu arrow and selecting Design or JavaScript, as required.

StyleVision says, “You’re welcome. Static content, on the other hand, is content you enter directly into the page, content that never changes.

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If so many documents are open that all document tabs are not visible in the document-tab bar, then click the appropriate scroll button at the right of the document-tab bar; see illustration above to scroll the tabs into view.

Finally, you can even create global templates containing formatting, layout, and processing rules to be reused throughout your design, or applied alrova when certain conditions exist in the source data.

SPS documents in the Main Window. Hence the name Style Let’s talk about dynamic content first. But you aren’t locked in to that process.

As the Eagles sang, “Are ya with me so far? Dave Gash owns HyperTrain dot Coma California firm specializing in training and consulting for hypertext developers.

But you aren’t; what you’re really designing is an XSLT stylesheetonly visually instead of with code. Alternatively, use the options in the Windows menu.


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Fortunately, StyleVision provides several ways to format your output. 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. A veteran software professional with over thirty years of programming, documentation, and training experience, Dave holds degrees in Business and Computer Science, and is well known in the tech pubs community as an interesting and animated technical instructor.

Here are some links to more StyleVision info each opens in a new window:. Form-based mode is used for creating forms that contain input elements, edit controls, and precisely-placed text and images. To its credit, there’s nothing particularly remarkable about the StyleVision interface.

Here’s a just slightly spiffed-up version of the above page, with some local formatting and style classes added. From this point, you can add content as needed, either dynamic or static. Learn on your own schedule with interactive stulevision that contain guided instruction, video-enhanced tutorials, quizzes, and resources for further study. The basic StyleVision workflow. Company News Partners Careers Legal. For example, you can focus on the page interface, specifying the visual design first and adding content later, or you can begin by importing data from an XML, XBRL eXtensible Business Reporting Languageor HTML file or from a database all major databases are natively supported and then design the interface around the data.

Further, you can work in what StyleVision calls Free-flow or Form-based mode. The first is the design pane in native mode, showing dynamic XML elements which I’ve boxed in blue and static elements boxed in red, both inside and outside the dynamic elements.

Seriously, don’t be put off by the tag markers in Design mode. One interesting feature of the main document pane is a series of preview tabs along the bottom. 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.


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. Learn XML Schema 1. For example, in 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. 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.

Free-flow mode is most useful where there is a significant amount thtorial data and absolute positioning is not required. Without question, it offers a new and unique approach to Stylevvision transform authoring, stulevision skill formerly reserved for beanie-wearing, pocket-protector using, syntax-obsessing code jockeys such as your humble reviewer.

Typically, the stylesheet team you would then deliver the XSLT and XSL-FO stylesheets to the publication team also youand use them to process the input XML files or database content into the required output formats for the distribution team yup, still you.

Apart from individual styles, you can also create global style rules to control the entire output or chunks of it. Let’s look at a graphic that may help clarify things. StyleVision is one of the most interesting tutoria applications I’ve seen in years. 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. MapForce Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level modules include step-by-step tutorials, evaluation exercises, and a chance to work with mapping files and functions that meet your needs.

The Styles pane makes it easy to visually select and edit virtually any style property you need.