Re: [xsl] Can I force XSLT to output the long-form of an element rather than the shorthand form?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Can I force XSLT to output the long-form of an element rather than the shorthand form?
From: Chris Loschen <loschen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 15:13:42 -0400
At 12:16 PM 5/5/03, you wrote:

Also worth the look is how the documents are set up for XMetaL. Remember XMetaL is also an SGML editor, which accounts for some of its XML weirdnesses. One thing I've found is it seems to make a difference whether an XML declaration is present, and what it says. If there isn't one there, XMetaL may be applying some SGML rules.

I think. I haven't dug into their docs or support to substantiate the details of any of this.

(No longer an XSL question...)


Thanks for your help, everybody!

Some replies:

Yes, the documents do have an XML declaration, almost always with the following form:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="us-ascii"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "+//ISBN 0-9673008-1-9//DTD OEB 1.0.1 Document//EN" "oebdoc101.dtd">

I do need to use XML output, not HTML output -- as someone pointed out, HTML output produces tags
like <BR>, which aren't allowed in my structure (which is much closer to XHTML than HTML).

Several people suggested forcing a space (or a non-breaking space) into the empty anchor tag so
that it would no longer be empty, but that would add an extra space into my copy (which would
mean that the content is incorrect), and in any case, I'd end up with an underlined (hyperlinked)
space which I don't want. These are actually intended to be target anchors, not clickable hyperlinks.
So if I did force a space in this spot, I'd just have to come back in and take it out again, so I'm
still stuck with a post-process step.

It sounds like I'm stuck with what I've been doing already. Oh well -- it works, so I'm not complaining
(too much).

Thanks again!

At 03:03 PM 5/2/2003, Joe wrote:
>Yes, I know that '<a id="page-1"></a>' and '<a id="page-1" />' are
>to be equivalent,
>but one of the tools my users use (XMetaL) doesn't.

First thing to check, if you haven't already done so: Make sure your
stylesheet is set to HTML ouput mode, not XML. The /> convention is not
really supported in HTML.

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