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I've got a new project to start and I'm thinking of building it with PHP with an XML based catalogue, partly to learn a bit more about both.
How have you found the integration? I'm not going to have an awful lot of time to pick it up (after hours project) so I'm curious as to how steep the learning curve is. I have a fair idea of the basics of XML.
If all of my 'articles' are strored as xml using the 'docbook' dtd then I can use xslt to either display them as html for the site. Or.. as text for email purposes.
I can see also uses for handheld devices.
A little decision making logic to choose the xslt sheet and away you go!
The advantages I believe (believe being the operative word) are lighter pages, easier to read and more relative information for the spiders to crawl combined with dynamic page creation.
I could be totally out to lunch here so I have a bit more research to do.
My new business site weighs in at under 5k and uses xhtml 1.1 and php. Okay, it's light on images as I'm not much of an artist but it looks pretty reasonalble and the fact it loads in under a second on 56k modem is largely due to the spec.
So - dig in!
Any idea how well XSLT is supported with hosting companies? One of the main reasons I'm thinking of learning to do XML stuff with PHP is that so many hosting companies seem to support PHP.