Constraining XML transformations for personalised information presentation

Alison Cawsey, Euan W. Dempster, Daniel Pacey, M. Howard Williams, David H. Marwick, Lachlan M. MacKinnon

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Through the use of different stylesheets it is possible to transform the information contained in XML documents and present it in different ways, for example to create personalised presentations. However, in doing so there is a danger that the transformation may result in a presentation, which fails to carry the essential message intended by the provider of the source document. We believe that the Information Provider should be able to provide constraints on permitted transformations of their document, stating for example which elements are mandatory, which must not be changed, which must have the order preserved. This paper discusses the need for such transformation constraints, and proposes a simple metadata annotation expressing the required constraints. We consider the adequacy of the proposed approach, and alternative ways to constrain transformations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Technologies for Data Management
Subtitle of host publication21st British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 21, Edinburgh, UK, July 7-9, 2004: Proceedings
EditorsHoward Williams, Lachlan MacKinnon
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783540278115
ISBN (Print)9783540223825, 3540223827
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event21st British National Conference on Databases - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jul 20049 Jul 2004
Conference number: 21

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference21st British National Conference on Databases
Abbreviated titleBNCOD
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • XML (Document markup language)


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