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XSLT, XQuery, XSL-FO Training in the SF Bay Area

I am a recent graduate of the Masters' Program in Information Management and Systems at the University of California, Berkeley.  One of my emphases at Berkeley was in XML, but, with everything else I had to do, I didn't have time to look into XSLT as deeply as I wanted.

Then, just last month, I had the opportunity to take a course in XSLT, XQuery, and XSL-FO offered by Crane Softwrights, Ltd.  It was a great course, and I now feel vastly more at home in XSLT, and very well acquainted with XQuery and FO, which I didn't know at all going into the course.  The course consisted of five 8-hour days on XSLT and XQuery and three on FO, and covered the entire W3C recommendations.

The instructor was G. Ken Holman, principal of Crane Softwrights and a world-class expert in XML.  Ken was a member of the committee that developed XML and a founding chairman of both the XML Conformance Committee and the XSLT/XPath Conformance Committee. He is co-editor of the OASIS UBL 2.0 specification and chairman of the OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee.

At the end of the eight days, I told Ken how much I liked the course and that I thought a lot of my classmates in the San Francisco Bay Area would be interested in taking it over the summer. After talking it over, we decided it was worth a try to set something up for July or August.  We also thought it would be great if the course had a mixture of full-time students and XML users from workplaces. 
The course would be conducted at a hotel in the area, such as the Embassy Suites in Walnut Creek.  Ease of access by public transportation, such as BART, would be a requirement. Based on the results of the survey and success in finding corporate participants, I'll follow up with another posting as quickly as possible.

At this early stage the dates have not yet been selected and will be determined based on the feedback from a survey soliciting interest. You'll find the survey at


The cost is expected to be approximately US$500-US$550 per day (the lesser price for former customers, early registration and multiple seats).

These are the most in-depth configurations of Crane's XSL and XQuery training classes, covering the use of every element, every attribute, every keyword and every function of both XSLT/XPath 1.0 and 2.0 and XQuery 1.0, and every formatting object of XSL-FO 1.0 and 1.1 with more detail and more exercises than other available configurations of Crane's material.

Use the links that follow to view the course syllabi:

Practical Transformation Using XSLT, XQuery and XPath (5 days):


Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO (3 days):


The venue for the courses is to be determined, but will be in the Berkeley/Walnut Creek area, California

 For those who are unfamiliar with Ken Holman's extensive credentials, here's a link to his bio:


 For those who still cannot make it to the new class, we have extended the free worldwide shipping of our hyperlinked interactive 24-hour XSLT DVD-ROM video product:


If you are interested in having Crane Softwrights teach publicly or privately in any area of the world, please contact Ken directly
(gkholman at CraneSoftwrights.com).

If you are interested in this July/August training, be quick to select your preferred dates before we lock in.

-Jim Miller, MIMS, UC Berkeley School of Information, Class of '09

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