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Subject: Re: [xsl] Can unparsed-text() consume an in-memory XML document? Can a string version of an XML document be converted into XML?
From: Graydon <graydon@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:00:31 -0400

On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:12:42AM +0100, David Carlisle scripsit:
> On 13/08/2012 21:15, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
> >Is there a way in XSLT to convert a string to XML?
> 
> That's called parsing. As Michael said XPath 3 drafts include a
> parse-xml function, or many xslt 1 and 2 processors have such an
> extension function, or, if you are feeling strange you could write a
> parser in xslt.

Is there any possibility of getting the XPath 3 functions to _not_
require balanced trees?

The only time I've had to use this kind of functionality, it was to take
a horrible mess of semi-colon-space separated link-like things embedded
in a mass of text where the text could be decorated with various bits of
markup -- bold, italic, "term", actual link markup of various flavours
-- and serialize it so it could be split at the semi-colon spaces.

The results of tokenization had to go back into XML and be processed,
and the tokens certainly weren't balanced trees.

It's not that hard to write a function to do this, but it would be nice
to not have to.

-- 
Graydon Saunders        XML tools and processes for information delivery.
graydon@xxxxxxxxx


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