The materials found in the products listed below are the basis of hands-on training delivered publicly and privately by Crane Softwrights Ltd. and its licensees around the world.

Special note regarding the hyperlinked PDF files: The 1-up versions of the books are bookmarked, extensively indexed and hyperlinked. Every page has hyperlinks into the index at the bottom center. Every page number in the index is hyperlinked into the body of the text. Links to external specifications bring up a browser window navigated to the section cited. These features make these books indispensable aids to navigating the external publications. All of the 2-up and half-sized versions are built for printing only and are not bookmarked or hyperlinked.

1. Our "Try and Buy PDF Book" policy and free video excerpts

Overviews of training videos (for a local DVD-ROM simulation, our test video presents as an actual (short) running sample of the technology):

Title
Edition/ISBN/Date
Introduction/Overview
Online content
Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath Video
First Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-20-7 - 2008-08-08
Free online content: 5 hours
Complete online and DVD-ROM video: 24 hours
Timing of all modules and slides; indications of free content
Syllabus (same as 5-day instructor-led class)
PTUX Video snapshot

1.1. "Try and Buy PDF Book" policy

Crane has introduced a "try and buy" policy where the complete content of the book can be downloaded in a 2-pages-per-page compact format (hence the page links built into the book are non-functional). No pages are removed. Our intent is to reassure you of the entire content of the publication before you buy it. The obligation we impose is that if you choose not to buy it, we ask that you destroy the copy of the complete content. Click on the book title in the preview table below to find the links to the complete content.

In contrast, the free preview excerpts are exactly that: free and only an excerpt of the content. You are welcome to keep any excerpt without obligation. The 1-up version of the previews demonstrate the linked page references available in the paid-for versions.

Free excerpts of books sold in Adobe PDF and accessible formats:

Title
Edition/ISBN/Date
Free preview pages/Book pages
Hyperlinked
1-up Version
(ZIP size)
Compact
2-up Version
(ZIP size)
Accessible
Version
(ZIP size)
Practical Code List Implementation
First Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-22-1 - 2009-02-09
Preview: 57 pages; Book: 182 pages
(associated application)
A4 (169,436 bytes)
US (168,199 bytes)
A4 (126,280 bytes)
US (125,147 bytes)
ZIP ( 38,741 bytes)
TAR/GZ ( 28,136 bytes)
Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO
Seventh Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-19-1 - 2008-01-27
Preview: 263 pages; Book: 536 pages
(published review) (Prentice-Hall paper rendition)
A4 (1,210,957 bytes)
US (1,205,619 bytes)
A4 (720,721 bytes)
US (703,470 bytes)
ZIP (151,343 bytes)
TAR/GZ (128,213 bytes)
Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath
Fourteenth Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-24-5 - 2011-02-11
Preview: 179 pages; Book: 552 pages
(published review) (Prentice-Hall paper rendition)
A4 (804,490 bytes)
US (796,063 bytes)
A4 (595,145 bytes)
US (585,494 bytes)
ZIP (107,548 bytes)
TAR/GZ (91,672 bytes)
Practical Universal Business Language Deployment
Third Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-23-8 - 2009-02-12
Preview: 96 pages; Book: 251 pages
(associated application)
A4 (483,418 bytes)
US (480,627 bytes)
A4 (409,239 bytes)
US (406,486 bytes)
ZIP ( 64,764 bytes)
TAR/GZ ( 44,937 bytes)

2. Purchasing

2.1. All sales are final

Because all of our products are in an electronic format, all sales are final. Please be sure of your purchase before visiting the online store.

Before you buy the video please download and confirm that the test video successfully runs on your computer platform.

The "Try and Buy PDF Book" policy exists to ensure customers are aware of exactly the format of the material they are purchasing: detailed, bullet-style, compact, easy-to-use form for quick learning.

There are copies of prose re-writes of publications posted publicly on the web, though the purchasable product is not in prose, rather, it is in the detailed bulleted format (all that is missing is the sentence structure, not any content). Note also that edits made in the creation of paper publications are not necessarily retrofit into electronic editions.

3. Training videos

These video products were recorded and produced by CyberSpace Industries 2000 Inc.

3.1. Video format and testing your platform

To test your platform for successfully running Crane's video products, please click here to download a one-minute test video (3.9Mb). Using this you can ensure the page navigation, page display, lesson presentation, audio/visual and hyperlinked slide table of contents are all functioning. This test uses the same technology as the lesson materials. Although we have successfully run these HTML-and-Flash-based lesson files on Windows, Macintosh and Linux (with Totem) platforms, we cannot refund your purchase if the lessons do not work on your particular platform configuration. By downloading, unpacking and exercising the test video, you can be assured that the product will run on your computing platform.

3.2. Deliveries

Crane's training products are delivered in two distinct pieces:

  • a static audio/visual recording of the instructor lecture, and

  • the customer download of the handouts, exercises and other supplemental files from Crane's web site using username and password credentials provided at the time of purchase.

Crane's video training products can be purchased in three different ways:

  • on physical DVD-ROM media shipped from the fulfillment company,

  • licensed for private online-delivery for staff on an Intranet (not customers, consultants or the general public) to either a single location/campus or worldwide. Please note this is a real-time delivery license not a license to distribute the course to be made into individual copies of media, and

  • directly online using Patience.io.

Please see the purchasing information for the latest cost details.

Note that for a limited time express shipping is included in the cost of purchasing DVD-ROM media.

3.3. Titles

3.3.1. Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath Video

XSL Transformations and the XML Path Language Video
First Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-20-7 - 2008-08-08
[Overview and free online content]
[Pricing information/Buy this DVD-ROM title]
[Download DVD-ROM handouts and exercises]

This is comprehensive hands-on coverage of XSL Transformations (XSLT) and the XML Path Language (XPath) according to the XSLT/XPath 19991116 1.0 and XSLT/XPath 20070123 2.0 Recommendations. Every element, every attribute and every function in both XSLT and XPath is identified and described. The focus is on the W3C work and not on vendor extensions.

This is a complete 24-hour recording of the 5-day configuration of the instructor-led XSLT/XPath training delivered by Crane. Your purchase includes handouts, exercises and a copy of the PDF book from which the training material is derived. The syllabus of the five-day class is the same syllabus as this recording (though there have been minor changes since the video material was recorded in February 2008).

Note that downloading handouts, exercises and book requires the username and password credentials sent to the purchaser of the product. Please download your materials promptly as the credentials are changed on a weekly basis.

Click here for detailed product information.

Click here for a 5-hour free preview delivered online.

4. Electronic books

4.1. Electronic format

The publications are only made available electronically in Adobe PDF

4.2. Publishing format

Purchasers have eleven different page formats to choose from (and all examples in the books are available in a ZIP file):

  • A4 page size
    • full-page - single sided (????-a4.pdf) - bound
    • full-page - double sided (????-a4-dbl.pdf) - long edge duplex; bound
    • full-page - 2-up per page (????-a4-2up.pdf) - optional long or short edge duplex
    • half-page - single sided (????-a4-half.pdf) - cut, stacked, bound
    • half-page - double sided (????-a4-half-dbl.pdf) - short edge duplex, cut, stacked, bound
  • US letter page size
    • full-page - single sided (????-us.pdf) - bound
    • full-page - double sided (????-us-dbl.pdf) - long edge duplex; bound
    • full-page - 2-up per page (????-us-2up.pdf) - optional long or short edge duplex
    • half-page - single sided (????-us-half.pdf) - cut, stacked, bound
    • half-page - double sided (????-us-half-dbl.pdf) - short edge duplex, cut, stacked, bound
  • Monospaced screen-reader format
    • custom designed layout for the visually handicapped

Notes:

  • PDF bookmarks and dynamic hyperlinks are only available in the full-page 1-up renditions
  • "bound" versions have their margin adjusted for left edge hole punching or binding
  • "cut, stacked" refers to the act of cutting the pages in half after being printed and stacking the left stack on top of the right stack before binding
  • "short edge duplex" and "long edge duplex" refer to the orientation edge when printing double sided
  • the printable renditions are produced with XSL-FO using RenderX, and the accessible version is produced with XSLT/XPath

4.3. Policies

All licenses are for personal use or personal printing only. Bulk printing and distribution of any kind are expressly not permitted.

4.3.1. Perpetual no-charge updates

All books are sold with perpetually free updates of the same title. As long as Crane is still publishing that title, customers are entitled to a no-charge update to new editions of the same title at any time.

Customers are notified by email of new editions they are entitled to at no charge. Customers may request a new password for download at any time. For site- and world-wide licenses, only the customer contact is notified and it is the responsibility of the customer to keep staff up-to-date.

4.3.2. Staff licenses

All books are sold either individually or using staff licenses. A staff license entitles the purchaser to designate a single point of contact to whom all updates are announced. The purchaser can then mount the book on a protected intranet for as many staff (not customers, contractors or any other outsiders) to download their copy. Staff licenses are also perpetually updated at no charge.

A site-wide staff license grants permission for all staff at a given geographical location. A world-wide staff license grants permission for all staff, regardless of their physical location.

4.3.2.1. Your company or organization

Please check the list of existing world licensees to see if your company has already purchased a world-wide staff license.

4.3.2.2. U.S. Government employees

The list of world licenses also has the details for the world-wide staff license for U.S. Government employees.

4.4. Titles

4.4.1. Practical Code List Implementation

(Using Controlled Vocabularies in XML Documents)
First Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-22-1 - 2009-02-09
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial A4 download (530,426 bytes)]
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial US-letter download (526,502 bytes)]
[Free excerpt] [Pricing information/Buy this title]
[Book Buyer Forum] [Past instructor-led deliveries] [Associated application]

This evolving guide to the specification and use of the OASIS genericode 1.0 and context/value association files walks the reader through the use of these components in the specification of code lists in the context of XML documents. Purchase includes a free copy of Crane's genericode and CVA file editor for OpenOffice 3.

This is a superset of the handouts for the code list instructor-led training delivered by Crane.

4.4.2. Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO

Extensible Stylesheet Language Formatting Objects
Seventh Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-19-1 - 2008-01-27
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial A4 download (1,608,467 bytes)]
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial US-letter download (1,573,279 bytes)]
[Free excerpt] [Pricing information/Buy this title]
[Book Buyer Forum] [Past instructor-led deliveries]

This comprehensive guide to XSL Formatting Objects (XSL/XSL-FO) according to the XSL 20011015 1.0 and XSL 20061205 1.1 Recommendations is over 500 pages of explanatory material, diagrams, tables, and code samples. Every formatting object in XSL-FO is identified and described. The focus is primarily on the W3C work and not on vendor extensions.

This is a superset of the handouts for the instructor-led training delivered by Crane.

4.4.3. Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath

XSL Transformations and the XML Path Language
Fourteenth Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-24-5 - 2011-02-11
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial A4 download (1,617,004 bytes)]
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial US-letter download (1,588,001 bytes)]
[Free excerpt] [Pricing information/Buy this title]
[Book Buyer Forum] [Past instructor-led deliveries]

This comprehensive guide to XSL Transformations (XSLT) and the XML Path Language (XPath) according to the XSLT/XPath 19991116 1.0 and XSLT/XPath 20070123 2.0 Recommendations is almost 500 pages of explanatory material, diagrams, tables, and code samples. Every element, every attribute and every function in both XSLT and XPath is identified and described. The focus is on the W3C work and not on vendor extensions.

This is a superset of the handouts for the instructor-led training delivered by Crane.

4.4.4. Practical Universal Business Language Deployment

Third Edition - ISBN 978-1-894049-23-8 - 2009-02-12
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial A4 download (1,037,926 bytes)]
[Try and Buy complete-content free trial US-letter download (1,029,439 bytes)]
[Free excerpt] [Pricing information/Buy this title]
[Book Buyer Forum] [Past instructor-led deliveries] [Associated application]

This guide to the specification and use of the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) walks the reader through all of the components of the UBL 2.0 specification. Key markup terms are defined and explained through examples. Methodologies for the specification of subset customizations of UBL for user communities is included. Purchase includes a free copy of Crane's UBL customization specification tool for OpenOffice 3.

This is a superset of the handouts for the UBL instructor-led training delivered by Crane.

5. Printed books

Electronic publications are not for everyone. Even with a ZIP file of samples, free updates, and the ability to search the PDF for information in the book, some people are just not oriented to reading electronic books. While some people do take our electronic materials and bind their own printed copies, others are only comfortable with a physical book in their hands.

5.1. Printed versions of Crane's materials

Please note any purchase of any paper book is independent of the policies and licenses of Crane's electronic books. These materials have been independently licensed by publishers for the printed medium and no electronic license of any kind is conferred to their customers through the purchase of a printed book.

5.1.1. Definitive XSLT and XPath

Definitive XSLT and XPath - Prentice Hall - ISBN 0-13-065196-6 Definitive XSLT and XPath book cover

Prentice Hall have made available a sample chapter in Adobe PDF for free download.

This book is derived from an edited version of the Ninth Edition of Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath (ISBN 1-894049-06-3).

Note that we believe this is the very first commercial paper book produced entirely with XML-related technologies, as the sources are all in XML and the camera-ready copy (this chapter is an example) was produced in Adobe PDF using XSLT/XPath and XSL-FO.

5.1.2. Definitive XSL-FO

Definitive XSL-FO - Prentice Hall - ISBN 0-13-140374-5 Definitive XSLT and XPath book cover

Prentice Hall have made available a sample chapter in Adobe PDF for free download.

This book is derived from an edited version of the Third Edition of Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO (ISBN 1-894049-10-1). This is also authored, produced and published using XML, XSLT, XPath and XSL-FO to create the camera-ready.

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