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RE: [xsl] self closing elements with attributes

Subject: RE: [xsl] self closing elements with attributes
From: "Andrew Welch" <AWelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 09:01:55 -0000

> > In XSLT 1.0, the only way to generate XHTML is to use the 
> XML output 
> > method. That will correctly generate close tags for all elements.  
> > Keep in mind, though, that most processors will minimize empty 
> > elements when serializing XML output (i.e., <br/> instead of 
> > <br></br>).  That isn't a problem for most XHTML elements, 
> but it can 
> > be an issue if you create a textarea box with no text--it will be 
> > serialized as <textarea . . . />, which will cause IE (at least) to 
> > choke--it doesn't parse the tag correctly, so all of the XHTML 
> > following the textarea box appears as text in the box 
> instead of being 
> > rendered by the browser.
> So this just means that IE doesn't support XHTML. Live with it (and 
> complain to Microsoft :-)

True, but this doesn't help the here and now. Whether we like it or not
IE is the browser of choice (just like M$ Office is the cross-platform

There are many techniques you can use when the html output method is not
an option, but I would suggest using the latest Saxon (7.x) with its
"xhtml" output method.  Failing that simply put something (comment,
dummy element etc) in the output to ensure the tag doesn't get

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