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Subject: RE: RE: [xsl] remove <b> and <br>+merge nodes
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 08:36:24 -0500

At 2004-01-22 13:37 +0100, Fabrice Estiévenart wrote:
that's it,
the main difficulty is to merge resulting text nodes into an unique one :

for example :
<p>my <b>tailor</b> is <br/> rich</p>

should become :
#text : my tailor is rich

Where did the newline sequences at the start and end come from in the above example?

and NOT :
#text : my
#text : tailor
#text : is
#text : rich

But the result was given to you earlier: <xsl:value-of /> for an element node in the source node tree adds to the result tree the concatenation of all of the descendant text nodes.

I note that XSLT 1.0 section 7.2 states "Adjacent text nodes in the result tree are automatically merged." but perhaps your processor isn't doing this.

If you wanted to coerce the creation of the result tree to be a single string,

<p><xsl:value-of select="string(.)"/></p>

... may give you the result as a single string. But I haven't accommodated the newline sequences that you show in your example you have asked us to work with.

I hope this helps.

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

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