[thelist] XSLT XML output to XML

David Johansson thelist at dlade.net
Sat Apr 14 02:57:12 CDT 2007

Jon Molesa wrote:
> My understand of XML, XSLT is limited practical experience.  I've read
> quite a bit but this is the first real reason I've ever had to try and
> practice.  The rub is that I need this to complete my taxes.  I want to
> transform the file into the same file minus the Invoices.  

What you want is called the Identity Transform. See
http://www.dpawson.co.uk/xsl/sect2/identity.html for more information
about that (and http://www.dpawson.co.uk/xsl/sect2/sect21.html for the
rest of Dave Pawson's brilliant FAQ collected from the xsl-list at

In your case, the XSLT would look something like this:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
   <!-- Whenever you match any node or any attribute -->
   <xsl:template match="node()|@*">
     <!-- Copy the current node -->
       <!-- Including any attributes it has and any child nodes -->
       <xsl:apply-templates select="@*|node()"/>
   <xsl:template match="gnc:transaction[.//slot:key]"></xsl:template>

So the first template matches on absolutely everything and copies
whatever it finds, while the second template matches specifically on
gnc:transaction elements with descendant slot:key elements and does nothing.


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