Hello, all,

I'm a non-programmer who needs to use XSLT to do some conversions of selected fields in a batch of saved MARCXML records to EAD inventory descriptions (usually c02-level descriptions).. I've been trying to teach myself *basic* XSLT (using Jeni Tennison's Beginning XSLT book and a few websites), but most basic XSLT teaching resources understandably focus on converting XML to HTML. A lot of the books and online XSLT resources are out of date, too, or they're intended for programmers and way over my head (I have no idea how to use variables and parameters, but I can probably handle simple "if" and "choose" instructions).

I'm also trying to convert to simple EAD inventory descriptions a batch of files that were imported from a local database system as complex XML files with a very deep hierarchical structure. For these, I just need to pull out a little data, but of course, the data I need is many levels deep. Can anyone recommend basic and reasonably current forums or other websites that offer assistance with basic XSLT? I don't need to produce elegant, robust XSLT -- I'd be thrilled to be able to come up with clunky templates or for-each/value-of instructions that did the job -- I could strive for elegance later! I'd love to attend an SAA XSLT workshop but haven't been able to make it to any of them. Have any online or in-print instructional tools from those or any other reasonably pertinent workshops become available?

Is anyone else in the same boat -- are there other non-programmers out there who need to do some basic XML-to-EAD/XML conversions?

Many thanks!

Marsha Maguire
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