Re: [xsl] generating mailto

Subject: Re: [xsl] generating mailto
From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 19:11:51 +0100
Hi Steve,

> I'm just getting my feet wet in XSL and it's pretty interesting. I
> think I am missing something though, because I find myself needing
> xsl:text more than I think I really ought to. For example, if I have
> <contact>
>   <email>xxx@xxxxxxxxx</email>
> </contact>
> and I want to generate a mailto URI like this:
> <a href="xxx@xxxxxxxxx>xxx@xxxxxxxxx</a>

Whenever you find yourself using disable-output-escaping, you know
you're on the wrong track! The secret here is to use attribute value
templates as follows:

<xsl:template match="contact">
  <a href="{email}"><xsl:value-of select="email" /></a>

or use the longer xsl:attribute instruction if you prefer:

<xsl:template match="contact">
    <xsl:attribute name="href">
      <xsl:value-of select="email" />
    <xsl:value-of select="email" />

Try to think in terms of building a tree of nodes rather than in terms
of creating an XML string, and XSLT will seem a lot simpler to use.



Jeni Tennison

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