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XML_DataIslands - Introduction to XML XML DataBinding Why...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to XML XML DataBinding Why DataBinding? Databinding is a somewhat straightforward technology Databinding is a somewhat straightforward technology that allows you to bind XML Data Islands with HTML that allows you to bind XML Data Islands with HTML thus producing a somewhat quick and simple output thus producing a somewhat quick and simple output . . Databinding, unlike other technologies such as CSS and XSL, is a MicroSoft based technology meaning it is not necessarily supported by browsers other than Internet Explorer 5.0+. Databinding will also allow you to bind data into forms as well as standard set of HTML elements and embed navigation to allow you to peruse the data island records. XML Databinding Data Islands Types of Data Islands When creating a Databinding document, you can When creating a Databinding document, you can create two different types of Data Islands which create two different types of Data Islands which include: include: – Internal Data Islands – External Data Islands. Internal Data Islands have the entire contents of the XML instance file embedded within the HTML binding document. External Data Islands, on the other hand, are left within the XML instance file and linked to the HTML binding document. A Special Note About Data Islands When creating a Data Island, NEVER include a When creating a Data Island, NEVER include a DOCTYPE within an Internal Data Island or an DOCTYPE within an Internal Data Island or an External Data Island! If you do, the rendering External Data Island! If you do, the rendering won’t occur! won’t occur! Adding Data Islands Regardless of whether you are adding an Internal or External Data Island, you will add a <xml> element to the head section of your HTML binding document: <html> <head> <title>Sample Binding Document</title> <xml></xml> </head> <body> ... Naming Your Data Islands In addition to adding the <xml> element, you must also be able to refer to the Data Island within the main body of your document. To do this, add an ID attribute to the xml element along with a name for reference: <html> <head> <title>Sample Binding Document</title> <xml id=“value”></xml> </head> <body> ... User Defined Internal Data Islands If you wish to include an Internal Data Island, then you must copy the contents of your XML instance file minus the DOCTYPE element and paste them within the <xml> element: <xml id=“DataIsland”> <?xml version=“1.0”?> <root-element> <!-- content of root element --> </root-element> </xml> </head> External Data Islands If you wish to link to an External Data Island, then you must add a src attribute to the <xml> element along with the URI of the XML instance file: <html> <head> <title>Sample Binding Document</title> <xml id=“value” src=“URI”></xml> </head> <body> ......
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