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Subject: Re: [xsl] Output < and > in the attribute from the style sheet
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:14:28 +0100

Consider using character maps with XSLT 2.0.

Michael Kay
Saxonica

On 22/04/2012 00:00, Mansour Al Akeel wrote:
Martin,
thank you. I understand that the '>' doesn't have to be escaped in
this case, and the final results is valid XML. However,
I am wondering about a clean way to prevent the serializer from
escaping it in the attributes.
Currently, the combination of<xsl:text>  and CDATA, is working fine,
but it's ugly as I loose syntax highlight, and indentation.
That is why I am looking for a better a way.

Thank you.

On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 7:15 AM, Martin Honnen<Martin.Honnen@xxxxxx> wrote:
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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        Martin Honnen --- MVP Data Platform Development
        http://msmvps.com/blogs/martin_honnen/


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