[thelist] XML > XSL > HTML question

Kerin Cosford Kerin.Cosford at current-drugs.com
Fri May 25 08:52:03 CDT 2001

well, for everyone who's interested, a friendly XSL uber-guru sent me the
following code whihc solves my problem perfectly:

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
    <xsl:output method="html" indent="yes"/>

	<xsl:variable name="cr" select="'&#xA;'"/>

	<xsl:template match="test">
		<xsl:call-template name="grabaline">
			<xsl:with-param name="block" select="."/>


	<xsl:template match="text()|@*">

	<xsl:template name="grabaline">
		<xsl:param name="block"/>

		<xsl:if test="$block">
			<xsl:value-of select="substring-before($block, 
			<xsl:call-template name="grabaline">
				<xsl:with-param name="block" 
select="substring-after($block, $cr)"/>


-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Patterson [mailto:ltu97mp at reading.ac.uk]
Sent: 25 May 2001 13:16
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: RE: [thelist] XML > XSL > HTML question

On 25/5/01 at 1:05 pm, jonathan at familygenetix.com (Jonathan Chard) wrote:

> You got me thinking there, you're right. For a moment I started along
> the lines of "but you know it's going to be a webpage because that's
> what you're doing" but you could be turning it into a pdf document or
> anything....
> So perhaps the solution is, rather than sticking in <br>s or enclosing
> text in <p>s, which are both HTML specific, when you parse the block
> on the way in, you wrap it in your own tag, say put a <para></para>
> around it.

Whoops, you pre-empted my reply without me noticing... doh!

<p></p> isn't HTML specific - it's just a tag set... You could happily use
<p></p>, make your life easier in the conversion to HTML (though no easier
using <para></para> admittedly) and still be able to transform for other
XHTML is an XML application after all...



Matt Patterson:
   Reading University
   Department of Typography & Graphic Communication

   ltu97mp at reading.ac.uk

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