RE: [xsl] Switching off character entity resolution in XSL

Subject: RE: [xsl] Switching off character entity resolution in XSL
From: "Michael Kay" <mhk@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 10:25:00 -0000
I'm afraid the simple answer is the ugly one: just preprocess the entity
references with a text editor to read "$#$bull;" instead of "&bull;". No
point banging your head against the wall to find something more elegant,
it will only give you a headache.

Michael Kay

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> Subject: [xsl] Switching off character entity resolution in XSL
> Hello All,
> Unlike what most people would use XSL for (i.e. conversion of 
> XML to HTML or other output format), I have a requirement to 
> transform from one XML structure to another (subsequent 
> presentation rendering occuring way downstream). No big deal 
> I guess, but the annoying thing here is that by the time an 
> XML parser has done it's job as per the XML specification, 
> all those pesky character entities have been resolved (as 
> defined in the DTD for the source document) and the output 
> contains square brackets.
> Example:
> source document contains:     &bull;
> After transformation:         [bull  ]    (of course, the 
> entity declared
> in the DTD is this, i.e. <!ENTITY bull "[bull  ]">)
> What I would like:            &bull;
> I really don't want to go messing with the DTD either, and I 
> really don't think a parser would like there being unparsed 
> entities within an entity declaration in a  DTD i.e. <!ENTITY 
> bull &bull;> is illegal.
> I realise there is some way of dealing with this with 
> character substitutions before or after using something like 
> sed, but this isn't really a great solution, particularly 
> across platforms. Is there any way of manipulating the output 
> using XSL, or alternatively switching off entity resolution 
> in the parser? I've played with custom entity resolvers with 
> Java XML parsers (i.e. resolving URLs for example) but cannot 
> see how this could be used for external character entities, 
> and also realise there is some scope for writing a solution 
> in something like JDOM - but what a pain! That defeats the 
> whole purpose of XSL. I have gotten used to a pretty good 
> compromise of using Saxon with the Xerces parser and the Norm 
> Walsh entity resolver classes if that's of any help.
> Either there's a simple solution to this, it's something XML 
> 2.0 (or whatever is on the horizon) might address (which is 
> no help for me really), I'm on the wrong mailing list or I 
> should just resort back to ("the good ol' days of" - yes, 
> sarcasm) Omnimark which was really good at "unparsing" 
> entities. I'm sure others experience similar problems so 
> hopefully the first option is the right one (i.e. easy ?).
> Thanks very much,
> Alan Hynes.
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