RE: getAttribute()

Subject: RE: getAttribute()
From: Jonathan Marsh <jmarsh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 10:31:49 -0700
The XML parser that is contained in the MSXSL Technology Preview does not
check the DTD.  And no, this is not a feature.

-----Original Message-----
From: Henning Behme [mailto:hb@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 1998 8:15 AM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: getAttribute()


Jonathan Marsh writes:

> Yes, this is true.  If you have "year" elements without "which" attributes
> or "event" elements without "status" elements MSXSL will generate this
> instead of returning null.  The easiest workaround in this case would be
> make sure these attributes are always present.
as regards to the question, why getAttribute fails to work properly, if
any of the elements in question don't have this particular attribute.

What I did was to put it this way:

<!ATTLIST event
          cat   (general|...|w3c) "general"
          subcat  (conf|paper|...|no) "no"
          status (...) "none">

so, in a way (default way) every single element has a value for this
attribute.  Does this mean, msxsl doesn't check the DTD for default
values? And, if yes, is that considered to be a feature ;-) ?

Best regards,
Henning Behme

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