RE: [xsl] escaping tags

Subject: RE: [xsl] escaping tags
From: "Andrew Welch" <AWelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 14:59:45 -0000
> The following xsl is invalid:
> <xsl:if test="aTest">
>   <TABLE>
> </xsl:if>
> But what if I WANTED to open the tag here without closing it? 
>  Is there a 
> way to escape the "<" and the ">"?  I know you can use 
> "&lt;"/"&gt;" but 
> these remain as "&lt;" / "&gt;" in the HTML.

As you are outputting to a result tree, you can only output well-formed
xml.  You don't output a string, or build a string, or add to a string.
This will become clearer as times go on.

Once the transformation has finished, a serialiser can then traverse the
result tree and give you a string.

So, bearing in mind you can only output nodes to a tree, the usual way
to 'build' a table is:

<xsl:template match="/">
  <table border="1">

<xsl:template match="row">

<xsl:template match="entry">

(used on:)

  <entry>first column</entry>
  <entry>second column</entry>

The result tree would look something like:

        /   \
       /     \
     <td>    <td>
      |        |
     text()   text()

Does the ascii art help?  :)


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