XPath is a powerful and intuitive way to retrieve information from, or apply style to, your document. In this session, you’ll discover how to use XPath whether you’re styling your documents with Arbortext Styler, FOSI, or XSLT/XSL-FO. Also presented will be the basics of writing XPath expressions, including examples of common use cases.

Attendees in this session will get an overview of how the XPath language can be used in Arbortext Styler, FOSIs for Arbortext Publishing Engine and/or XSLT transforms for Publishing Engine or other document processing tasks. This overview will provide the context needed to understand how the information presented in the session can be used in day-to-day work.

The second part of the session will provide an introduction to writing XPath expressions. Topics will include:

  • The data model used to navigate a document with XPath,
  • The data types supported by the language and conversions between them,
  • Syntax of path, numeric and string expressions and
  • Tips and tricks for common tasks and pitfalls to avoid.

Examples will be provided to demonstrate the concepts using the Arbortext tools discussed in the first part of the session.

Presented by: Liz Fraley, filling in for Brandon Ibach, Single-Sourcing Solutions, Inc.

Presented at: PTC/User World Event 2010

The slides are available on the Members website.

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