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Subject: Re: [xsl] self closing elements with attributes
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 06:45:53 -0500

You are most welcome, but something still doesn't sit quite right regarding your situation based on your response to my comments.

Note that the SGML conventions are used only when HTML element types are recognized in the result tree, and HTML element types are recognized only when the output method is HTML, and HTML is the default output method *only* when the document element of the result tree is named with only the four letters H, T, M, and L. Without the specific condition of the document element of the result tree, the default output method is XML which would have given you the end tags.

Therefore, since you didn't have an <xsl:output/> instruction, that means that you must have had either "html" or "HTML" as the element type of your document element of your result tree.

Therefore ... your result is probably HTML which doesn't need an end tag for <link> or <img>. If your output isn't HTML then using any other document element in the result would have given you your desired end tags without needing <xsl:output/>.

So I'm curious why you do need end tags for elements of these two element types in a result that begins with the "html" document element.

...................... Ken

At 2004-01-06 22:48 -0800, Brendan Moran wrote:
That explained it nicely, thank you. The two tags where this happened noticeably were <link> and <img>, and I hadn't used an output instruction, which would explain the problem.


That is not conformant behaviour.

If your output method is HTML and the element type is an HTML element type, then that *is* the expected output because in that case SGML conventions are used, but otherwise a conforming processor would put out the following XML conventions for the default XML output method:

Please check your <xsl:output/> instruction for the use of HTML ... but your report is not at all consistent with my expectations of MSXML and Xalan, both of which should be producing a properly constructed empty element.

If you think you are engaging everything properly, then please post a short (15 line?) complete stylesheet that illustrates your results so that others can run your stylesheet on their system.

I hope this helps.

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