Re: [xsl] self closing elements with attributes

Subject: Re: [xsl] self closing elements with attributes
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2004 16:06:36 -0500
At 2004-01-06 12:21 -0800, annirack@xxxxxxx wrote:
I have a template like this:

<xsl:element name="foo">
<xsl:attribute name="bar">
some foo

I have also tried:

<xsl:attribute name="bar">
some foo

Both give the same result:

<foo bar="some foo">

That is not conformant behaviour.

If your output method is HTML and the element type is an HTML element type, then that *is* the expected output because in that case SGML conventions are used, but otherwise a conforming processor would put out the following XML conventions for the default XML output method:

<foo bar="some foo"/>


<foo bar="some foo"></foo>

which are equivalent.

I have tried this with the same results on several varieties of MSXML, and on Xalan-1 and Xalan-2

Please check your <xsl:output/> instruction for the use of HTML ... but your report is not at all consistent with my expectations of MSXML and Xalan, both of which should be producing a properly constructed empty element.

If you think you are engaging everything properly, then please post a short (15 line?) complete stylesheet that illustrates your results so that others can run your stylesheet on their system.

I hope this helps.

....................... Ken

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