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Working Draft: XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 2.0

Addressing comments received during Last Call, the XSL Working Group has released a Working Draft of XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 2.0. Comments are welcome. Version 2.0 of the XSLT language allows transformation of XML documents and non-XML data into other documents, is designed for use with XPath 2.0 and includes the means to serialize the results of a transformation.

StrikeIron and DreamFactory Team Up To Deliver StrikeIron’s Premium Web Services to Customers

StrikeIron™ Inc., developer of the innovative StrikeIron Web Services Business Network™ (WSBizNet)™ to simplify working with Web services, and DreamFactory Software, a pioneer in providing rapid construction of rich client user interfaces for Web services, today announced the integration of StrikeIron’s CRM-related Premium Web Services directly within SBuilder, DreamFactory’s revolutionary Web application for extending the on-demand capabilities of (NYSE:CRM). The announcement was made at the User & Developer Conference at The Hilton in San Francisco, CA


This specification defines a binding for SOAP envelopes to user datagrams. Many application protocol patterns match the semantics of the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) [RFC 768]. Some do not require the delivery guarantees of TCP while others make use of multicast transmission. In order to allow Web services to support these patterns, we need a way to map SOAP envelopes to user datagrams. This support is essential for services using WS-Discovery, where the use of multicast and need for low connection overhead makes UDP a natural choice. It is anticipated that other protocols will have similar requirements. This specification defines a binding of SOAP to user datagrams, including message patterns, addressing requirements, and security considerations.

WS-Policy and WS-PolicyAttachment Updated

Adding two new co-authors and reflecting feedback from recent workshops, these updated versions refine the semantics for how to compare two policies to determine a base level of compatibility and expands on how policy is associated with Web services.

WS-Security Drilldown in Web Services Enhancements 2.0

How to use Web Services Enhancements 2.0 to implement security, trust, and secure conversations in Web services architecture. Also covers the security-related changes from Web Services Enhancements 1.0.

Support and Troubleshooting for XML Schemas in InfoPath 2003

Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 allows you to create XML form solutions by loading an externally authored XML Schema (XSD) definition file into the InfoPath design environment. Learn how to take advantage of InfoPath support for using externally authored XSD files to create custom form templates, and find out how to troubleshoot common problems.

XPath Querying Over DataSets with the DataSetNavigator

Arpan Desai discusses the DataSetNavigator, which provides the power and flexibility of the XML programming model without the overhead of having to convert the entire DataSet into an XmlDataDocument object.

Building Practical Solutions with EXSLT.NET

Oleg Tkachenko shows how to make XML programming easier and to boost your productivity using XSLT and XPath extensions, provided by the EXSLT.NET library.

Speech Synthesis Markup Language Is a W3C Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium today released the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) Version 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. With the XML-based SSML language, content authors can generate synthetic speech on the Web, controlling pronunciation, volume, pitch and rate. "SSML builds on the work of the pioneers in speech synthesis to provide application developers with a powerful and flexible means to deliver a high quality mix of synthetic and pre-recorded speech as part of interactive voice response services," said Dave Raggett (W3C/Canon).

SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL)

Through joint efforts, the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group and the CSS Working Group have released the First Public Working Draft of SVG's XML Binding Language (sXBL). The sXBL language defines the presentation and interactive behavior of elements outside the SVG namespace. A future version may extend XBL to any markup.

XForms 1.1 Requirements Updated

The XForms Working Group has updated the XForms 1.1 Requirements Working Group Note. XForms is the new generation of Web forms. Version 1.1 has enhancements for the XForms 1.0 framework, embraces SOAP, makes XForms authoring easier, and facilitates XForms use in other host languages.

A hands-on introduction to Schematron

Meet Schematron, a schema language that allows you to directly express rules without creating a whole grammatical infrastructure. Schematron is useful whenever you wish to apply and check against rules for the contents of XML documents. Schematron is extraordinarily flexible in the variety of rules you can express, and it's even more expressive than other schema languages such as DTD, W3C XML Schema (WXS) and RELAX NG. In this tutorial, author Uche Ogbuji uses detailed examples to illustrate Schematron's use, and offers recipes for common schema needs.

Tip: Send multiple Web services requests from Xforms

A typical HTML form only lets you submit to one URL at a time, which makes it difficult to retrieve information from multiple Web services. This tip shows you how to use XForms to solve that problem by using multiple submissions from a single form.

Improve performance in your XML applications, Part 3

In this final installment of a three-part series describing best practices for writing XML applications, authors Elena Litani and Michael Glavassevich explain how to use Xerces2-specific features and properties to improve performance. They also give a short overview of the Xerces Native Interface (XNI), compare it with SAX, and discuss the Xerces2 grammar caching API, which can significantly improve performance of applications that require validation against DTDs or XML schemas.

XML in localisation: A practical analysis

Learn how XML standards help facilitate translation processes that involve many participants in different locations. This article focuses on the most common XML formats used in the localisation industry to show you how important XML is becoming in multilingual document exchange.

Practical data binding: Converting to and from XML with JaxMe

Brett's last column gave you a solid understanding of the JaxMe API. Build on your understanding as Brett continues by illustrating how to convert XML documents to Java class instances, manipulate the underlying XML data, and then convert the modified data back to XML. This article will give you a solid, working knowledge of JaxMe, and allow you to use it in your application programming.

Tie in data with Web services and XSL Transformations

In Part 5 of this tutorial series on analyzing data with XSLT, the MindMap Research Team decides to tie their data in with other services, pulling information from Amazon Web Services in response to information unearthed in the analysis. Web services provide information in XML, but it's rarely in the form that you want it, so this tutorial explains how to create an application that not only retrieves the Amazon data but also transforms it into XHTML and outputs it to the browser. The stylesheet shows how to pull XML information from multiple sources within a single transformation and also includes a device that alerts developers when Amazon changes the Web service, since changes in the feed can break the application.

Working XML: UML, XMI, and code generation, Part 4

In this final article in his series on UML and XML, Benoît wraps up the technique. He discusses the need to simplify the model by burying some of the logic in the XSLT stylesheet. He also points out several common pitfalls. Share your thoughts on this article with the author and other readers in the accompanying discussion forum. (You can also click Discuss at the top or bottom of the article to access the forum.)

Implement and access stateful Web services using WebSphere Studio, Part 5

The Web Services Resource Framework proposes a model for accessing state using Web services. The WS-Resource Properties specification (see Resources) defines how you can query and change the data associated with a stateful resource using Web services technologies. This article shows how changes in the values of resource properties of a WS-Resource can be sent to a client that has subscribed to it in an IBM® WebSphere® Application Server environment using WebSphere Studio Application Developer V5.1.1.

Build SOA with Web services using WebSphere Studio

This tutorial is the first part of a series that introduces you to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web services concepts and technology, and demonstrates how to practically apply these concepts using the IBM(R) WebSphere(R) Application Developer Integration Edition. This tutorial also explores the current state of Web services technology.

Tour Web Services Atomic Transaction operations

Explore how transactions work in one common and classic form to preserve data integrity, and apply that classical transaction description to the operations of the new Web Services Atomic Transactions (WS-AT) and related Web Services Coordination (WS-C) specifications. Mapping classical to Web services transactions helps you discover that Web Services Atomic Transactions embodies age-old common industry best practices for one kind of transaction.

Web Services Policy Framework (WS-Policy)

WS-Policy provides a general purpose model and syntax to describe and communicate the policies of a Web service.

Web Services Policy Attachment (WS-PolicyAttachment)

WS-Policy provides a general purpose model and syntax to describe and communicate the policies of a Web service. The Web Services Policy Framework (WS-Policy) specification defines an abstract model and an XML-based expression grammar for policies. This specification, Web Services Policy Attachment (WS-PolicyAttachment), defines two general-purpose mechanisms for associating such policies with the subjects to which they apply. This specification also defines how these general-purpose mechanisms can be used to associate WS-Policy with WSDL and UDDI descriptions.

Develop a SMF-bundled Web services client

This tutorial guides you through the steps to generate a Web services client and develop code to integrate the client into a Service Management Framework (SMF) as a SMF-bundled application. The example built in this tutorial is a stock quote client application. Using WebSphere Studio Device Developer (Device Developer) Version 5.7 Web services tooling, you can generate a client stub as a SMF-bundled application that takes a stock symbol as input and retrieves the most current price (time delayed, of course). Finally, it guides you through the steps necessary to run the sample application in a SMF runtime.

Web Services Eventing (WS-Eventing)

This specification defines how Web Services Eventing supports the simplest levels of Web services interfaces for notification producers and consumers for a distributed event management system.

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