O, what a tangled web we weave ...
You may claim that Sir Walter Scott didn't write that line about your website and you would be correctbut only because he didn't have the ability to "View Source"!
The fact is that most websites todayhowever well organized they may appear in a browserare horribly tangled below the surface. Their documents are a maintenance nightmare in which data, styling, and implementation code are hopelessly intermingled. And as the Web becomes increasingly dynamic and data-driven, the tangle worsens.
The fundamental problem is the lack of a consistent, media-independent, semantic representation of content. XML is the solution, and the key to applying XML to Web development has always been XSLT transformations. Now XSLT 2.0 has added powerful new facilities, capable of dealing with the increasing dynamism of the Web.
Dmitry Kirsanov is a professional Web developer, both a graphic artist and a programmer. He knows how to use XML and XSLT and he has the proven ability to share that knowledge with you. His WebReference series, Dmitry's Design Lab , was launched in 1997 and is still a fixture at www.webreference.com/dlab. His three books on Web design and the Internet have sold over 65,000 copies in his native Russia.
Scott's complete thought was
O, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!
Developers are deceiving themselves by thinking that today's Web can be built and maintained with yesterday 's outmoded tangle of HTML, scripts, and styles. XSLT 2.0 Web Development will show you how XML and XSLT 2.0 canliterally!transform your website.
Charles F. Goldfarb