Re: [xsl] table column

Subject: Re: [xsl] table column
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 16:43:13 +0100
> I understood that to produce well-formed xml in situations where start 
> and end tags are conditional, disable-output-escaping (or xsl:output 
> mode="html") were required. If I leave it off, the output will be 
> &lt;tr&gt; will it not?

Do not think in terms of tags when using XSLT.

XSLT does not produce a stream of tags but a tree.
You want to conditionally produce some branch of a tree so that is

grouping things into the correct <tr> groups is what is usually known as
the "grouping problem" for which there is lots of help in the FAQ or
Jeni's site. disable-output-escaping is not a recommended solution
to this problem and as I say will not work at all in many situations,
in particular it is almost guaranteed not to work in any situation where
the result is passed as an in-memeory tree to the next process (eg as
happens in mozilla or netscape or cocoon). In general it is a bad idea
to give disable-output-escaping as an answer to a user question unless
you are very sure the user is in a special situation where it is


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