Re: [xsl] Implementing an Blogger-style template using XSLT

Subject: Re: [xsl] Implementing an Blogger-style template using XSLT
From: "Terence Kearns" <terence.kearns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 18:16:07 +1100
Sounds suspiciously like you want us to write your XSLT file for you :D

Okay welll here's a start then (untested). But I'm not gonna do your
homework for you.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

  <xsl:template match="/">
        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>
        <title>Document Title</title>
        <div id="menucontainer"></div>
        <div id="container">
          <div id="sidebar">
            <h2 id="welcomenote">Welcome to My Site</h2>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="BTemplate:submenus" />
          <div id="main">
            <xsl:apply-templates select="MBTemplate:entries" />

  <xsl:template match="BTemplate:submenus">
    <ul class="submenu">
      <xsl:apply-templates select="BTemplate:submenu" />

  <xsl:template match="BTemplate:submenu">


First, you don't currently have a BTemplate:submenus element to match
on in your source document just like other elements you included in
your template but I not contained in your source. Either you will have
to change your source XML to generate the elements you wish to match
in your templates, or you need to adjust your template references.

Second, I only included a suggested xsl:template for your submenus.
The rest is up to you! Go check out the XSL tutorials at -
there would be a tonne more references that I'm sure ppl here would be
happy to provide you.

hint: you will need to define a <xsl:template
match="MBTemplate:entries"> container

On 21/02/06, publicreg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <publicreg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to implement a Blogger-style templating system and would like
> to get some feedback on whether it's feasible or not. While it's true that
> an XSLT file itself would be a template, some of my users are not keen on
> learning it and I'm trying to strike some middle ground here.
> The premise is this:
> The template file would be an extension of XHTML and looks like this:
> -------------------------
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
> <html xmlns:MBTemplate="";>
> <head>
> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
> <title>Document Title</title>
> </head>
> <body>
> <div id="menucontainer">
> </div>
> <div id="container">
>        <div id="sidebar">
>                <h2 id="welcomenote">Welcome to My Site</h2>
>                <MBTemplate:submenus>
>                        <MBTemplate:submenu>
>                                <MBTemplate:submenuheader />
>                                <ul class="submenu">
>                                        <li><MBTemplate:submenulink /></li>
>                                </ul>
>                        </MBTemplate:submenu>
>                </MBTemplate:submenus>
>        </div>
>        <div id="main">
>                <MBTemplate:sitetitle />
>                <MBTemplate:entries>
>                        <MBTemplate:entry>
>                                <div class="avatar">
<p><MBTemplate:userlink><MBTemplate:avatar /><br
> /><MBTemplate:username /><br /><MBTemplate:msisdn
> /></MBTemplate:userlink></p>
>                                </div>
>                                <div class="entry">
>                                        <div class="entry2">
>                                                <div
class="entry-header"><MBTemplate:entry-title /></div>
>                                                <div class="entry-contents">
<MBTemplate:entry-contents />
>                                                </div>
>                                                <div
> class="entry-footer"><p><MBTemplate:entry-meta><MBTemplate:entry-date
> /></MBTemplate:entry-meta></p></div>
>                                        </div>
>                                </div>
>                        </MBTemplate:entry>
>                </MBTemplate:entries>
>        </div>
> </div>
> </body>
> </html>
> -------------------------
> Then, the data input would come in the form of an XML document that looks
> like this:
> --------------------------
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
> <MBData:Output xmlns:MBData="";>
>        <MBData:Submenu>
>                <MBData:Item href="";>Link
>        </MBData:Submenu>
>        <MBData:Entries>
>                <MBData:Entry>
>                        <MBData:Title>My Title</MBData:Title>
>                        <MBData:Content>My article</MBData:Content>
>                        <MBData:PostedData>11th Jan 2005</MBData:PostedData>
>                </MBData:Entry>
>        </MBData:Entries>
> </MBData:Output>
> --------------------------
> Finally, I'd have an XSLT file that uses the 2 files and then translates
> into XHTML code that I can output to the browser.
> How, folks? Do you think it's feasible to do this? Would appreciate any
> pointers in the right direction.
> Thanks!
> Wong

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