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RE: [xsl] Empty object

Subject: RE: [xsl] Empty object
From: "Michael Kay" <mhk@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 09:27:53 -0000

> my mistake SAX has nothing to do with my problem...rather Xalan.
> My input xml file contains empty elements that I need to carry the 
> corresponding attribute values for each of these empty elements.

I'm sorry, I don't understand your English, could you explain it in XML?
As I asked before, what does your input look like, and what do you want
your output to look like?
> Of course when my transform complete I am stuck with XHTML 
> that contains 
> my favorite NONbreaking Space character.

I don't understand the "Of course", I don't know why your output has
NBSP characters, and I don't know why you want to get rid of them.

> Need to have my XHTML output to contain
> <td style="bla" ..etc> {space currently is occupied by the 
> NONbreaking 
> Space character}. Need to replace when the actual element is 
> empty the 
> {NONbreaking Space character with a valid space holding character}

Is the input element empty, or does it contain a non-breaking space
character? I am completely confused.

> Attempting to include the string <xsl:text 
> disable-output-escaping="yes">&amp;amp;nbsp;</xsl:text> without much 
> luck at the moment.

You said before that you didn't want NBSP characters, so why are you
writing code that's designed to generate them?
> What is a best practice method for first determining if a element is 
> empty; then replace that NONbreaking Space character with a character 
> that will parse properly with Xalan?

If the element is empty then by definition it doesn't contain a
non-breaking space character.

Non-breaking space characters are perfectly legal in XML and will not
cause Xalan any problems.

Michael Kay

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