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Re: [xsl] codepoints-to-string for new line

Subject: Re: [xsl] codepoints-to-string for new line
From: Liam R E Quin <liam@xxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 20:12:54 -0400

On Sun, 2013-09-08 at 01:04 +0200, Heiko Niemann wrote:

> b) Are there just no (top-rated) samples around because
> codepoints-to-string() belongs to an extended set of functions that people
> (like me) rarely/never use?

It's part of XSLT 2 [1], which doesn't have as widespread use as XSLT 1.

Using <xsl:value-of select="codepoints-to-string('10')" /> will indeed
give you a newline in cases where using an XML editor on your stylesheet
would turn &#10; into a literal newline which might then be reformatted
as a space by buggy ill-behaved software you shouldn't use :-) :-)

The right way for an editor to show indenting of XML documents is
visually, not by changing the text of the document.

Probably I'd have a global variable, 
<xsl:variable name="newline" select="codepoints-to-string('10')" />
and document in a comment why you are using it.

Then you can use concat("abc", $newline, "cde") to get something much
more readable.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath-functions/#func-codepoints-to-string

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