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Subject: Re: [xsl] Replace(//text()) in XSLT 1
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:05:48 -0500

At 2012-11-16 12:01 -0500, Nathan Tallman wrote:
I'd like to replace hyphens with en dashes. In XSLT 2.0, I can do this
with replace(text()), but I'm limited to XSLT 1.0.

How could I achieve the same thing in XSLT 1.0?

<xsl:value-of select="replace(//text(), '-', '&#8211;')"/>

First of all, I would expect the above statement to fail because the first argument to replace has to be a singleton. I would have used:

<xsl:value-of select="replace(.,'-','&#8211;')"/>

As for an XSLT 1.0 version, you need a recursive call to walk through the string making one replacement at a time along the lines of this untested fragment:

  <xsl:template name="dashes">
    <xsl:param name="content" select="."/>
      <xsl:when test="contains($content,'-')">
        <xsl:value-of select="substring-before($content,'-')"/>
        <xsl:call-template name="dashes">
           <xsl:with-param name="content"
        <xsl:value-of select="$content"/>

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . Ken

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