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Subject: Re: [xsl] Output < and > in the attribute from the style sheet
From: Martin Honnen <Martin.Honnen@xxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:15:03 +0200

Mansour Al Akeel wrote:
In on of the sheets I am working on there is the sign ">" in on of the
attributes. I am trying to get this in the resulting XML.
So I have this in my template:

	<dependencies>
		<xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes">
		<![CDATA[
			<dependency org="org.slf4j" name="slf4j-api" rev="1.6.4"
conf="provided->*" />
			<dependency org="org.slf4j" name="slf4j-log4j12" rev="1.6.4"
conf="compile->*" />
			<dependency org="log4j" name="log4j" rev="1.2.16"
conf="compile->*,!sources,!javadoc">
			<exclude module="jmxri" />
			<exclude module="jmxtools" />
			</dependency>
			<dependency org="junit" name="junit" rev="4.8" conf="test->*" />
			<dependency org="javax.servlet" name="javax.servlet-api"
rev="3.0.1" conf="provided->*">
			<artifact name="javax.servlet-api" type="jar" />
			</dependency>
			]]>
		</xsl:text>

I am using text and CDATA, as you can see in my style sheet.
Is there a better way to output this without escaping the XML and
generate the indented XML ?


Well the '>' sign does not need to be escaped but often is. So I don't see any problem with doing

			     <dependency org="org.slf4j" name="slf4j-api" rev="1.6.4"
conf="provided->*" />
			     <dependency org="org.slf4j" name="slf4j-log4j12" rev="1.6.4"
conf="compile->*" />
			     <dependency org="log4j" name="log4j" rev="1.2.16"
conf="compile->*,!sources,!javadoc" >
			     <exclude module="jmxri" />
			     <exclude module="jmxtools" />
			     </dependency>
			     <dependency org="junit" name="junit" rev="4.8" conf="test->*" />
			     <dependency org="javax.servlet" name="javax.servlet-api"
rev="3.0.1" conf="provided->*">
			     <artifact name="javax.servlet-api" type="jar" />
			     </dependency>

literally in your stylesheet code, the serializer might later escape the '>' signs '&gt;'.

If you want to use less than signs '<' then you need to escape them e.g
  <foo att="a &lt; b"/>
that is an XML syntax requirement and not specific to XSLT.


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