Re: [xsl] applying templates to attribute value

Subject: Re: [xsl] applying templates to attribute value
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:30:17 +0100

> Actually, as Ken said, to write the attribute value you should use 
> xsl:value-of. xsl:apply-templates should not work: if it does, your 
> processor is not being conformant, and your code will break in 
> another processor.

actually the default template for attributes does the same as value-of
in this case.

> Sometimes they bend the rules and introduce some 
> sort of structure into attribute values, but when they do, it's 
> always simple enough to parse easily (for example tokenized values, 
> or maybe tokenized values with labels), since this generally has to 
> be done in the application not by the XML parser.

Of course it is possible to parse reasonably complicated "quoted html in
attributes" just using xslt if you want to avoid extension functions.
Just bash the attribute value with enough regular expressions and
generate some element nodes... (see htmlparse.xsl for some examples of


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