RE: [xsl] Converting a Batch File to XML

Subject: RE: [xsl] Converting a Batch File to XML
From: "James Petry" <jpetry@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 10:40:19 +0100
> From: gfranco [mailto:garvin_franco@xxxxxxxxxxx] 

> We want to be able to write the style sheet once 
> and use in other places across the organization, and this is 
> why a style sheet, rather than a proprietary tool is more 
> appealing to us.  So if anyone else has any other ideas, I 
> would really appreciate your thoughts....

you want to maximize the work you do in XML.

Convert the text into some simple XML format, such as


then use XSLT 1.0 grouping techniques to do the rest of the work.

Fortunately, your text file looks straightforward to parse.

For text to XML, I use perl as it's open, compact and runs well on Unix
and Windows.

#!perl -w
print "<root>\n";
while (<>) {
  $tag = substr($_, 0, 1);
  print "<$tag>", substr($_, 2), "</$tag>\n";
print "</root>\n";

I saved this in a file called and ran it like this:

perl input.txt

Best Wishes,

"Be excellent to each other", Bill & Ted 

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