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Re: [xsl] Xsl:strip-space and xsl:preserve-space (XSLT 2.0)
Subject: Re: [xsl] Xsl:strip-space and xsl:preserve-space (XSLT 2.0)|
From: Evan Lenz <evan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:52:58 -0700
I got a message off-list that suggested to me that I wasn't very clear
about this. To be clear, the template-rule approach below requires that
you have xml:space="preserve" in the source document to prevent MSXML
from stripping any whitespace. Of course, as a stylesheet writer, that
may not always be within your control. But one way or another, you need
to preserve whitespace, and I can only think of three ways to do that:
1. Use xml:space="preserve" in the source document,
2. Set the preserveWhiteSpace property to true in the MSXML API, or
3. Use a different XSLT processor.
A variation of #1 is to simply put xml:space="preserve" on all the
<element1> and <element2> elements, but that might not be as practical.
Evan Lenz wrote:
On second thought, your original stylesheet will have to change,
because <xsl:strip-space/> won't strip whitespace-only text nodes that
have been force-preserved using xml:space="preserve" (which will be
true for all whitespace in your document if you put that at the root
Instead of using <xsl:strip-space/> (and <xsl:preserve-space/>), you
could use a template rule that processes whitespace-only text nodes
that are not children of <element1> or <element2>:
<xsl:template match="*[not(self::element1 or
The rule is empty and thus has the effect of "stripping" them from the
Let me know if that works. :-)
Evan Lenz wrote:
You can force MSXML to preserve whitespace by adding
xml:space="preserve" to the root element of your document. Then your
original stylesheet should work as desired. Let me know if that works.
Pankaj Chaturvedi wrote:
Not a good news for me.
Well anyways David/Michael thanks for looking into this.
From: Michael Kay [mailto:mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Wednesday,
September 24, 2008 6:36 PM
Subject: RE: [xsl] Xsl:strip-space and xsl:preserve-space (XSLT 2.0)
I believe it's true that the AltovaXML processor always strips
nodes (or calls the MSXML parser in a way that strips them) and I'm not
aware of any way of changing this.