[xsl] Re: Does anyone know how to make IE less useless for XSLT developement?

Subject: [xsl] Re: Does anyone know how to make IE less useless for XSLT developement?
From: "Terence Kearns" <terence.kearns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 16:08:00 +1100
OK, for anyone interested, I eventually traced down the problem.
Internet Explorer (MSXML) cannot handle the following template. And
now I have another question.

<xsl:template match="HtmlAttribute">
    <xsl:attribute name="@name"><xsl:value-of

So is this a bug in MSXML?

I have run this through 3 other processors and none of them complained
about the above template. See the error IE gives in my original post

BTW. to uncover this, I had to poke and prod with NUMEROUS commenting
outs to track down the problem. OK, this is normal for a developer
(sometimes), but IE is a huge pain because it does not read the
stylesheet changes unless you exit all instances of IE and start it up
again. I had to do this each time I commented something out to test
it. Furthermore, it STILL says "the XML source is unavailable for
viewing". As far as I am concerned, this is a REAL WORLD issue and
weighs heavily against IE in the XML/XSLT development stakes if one
wants to evaluate and compare browser platforms - I don't care how
inferior Transformiix is supposed to be under certain conditions, at
least I don't have to restart Mozilla for every single code change.

Anyway, I think the code above has shown MSXML to have a bug when
Transformiix does not. So it's 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.
They both have shortcomings. One allows you to develop with it - in
business time speeds.

I'm not sure how I'm gonna work around this bug. I need this functionality :/

On 10/02/06, Terence Kearns <terence.kearns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Unfortunately there are still some traditionalists out there who
> insist on using IE. So far, my web application is only working in
> Firefox. I load it up in IE, and I just get a lame error with no line
> number and "the source is unavailable". Honestly, I don't know how
> people put up with developing apps exclusively under IE. It's like
> having both arms and legs chopped off once you've developed with FF.
> IE says "This name may not contain the '@' character: -->@<--name
> Error occurred during compilation of included or imported sty..."
> My server-side transform processor doesn't compain about any errors
> either so I'm assuming it's not just FF being lenient. I don't want to
> transform server-side unless I absolutely have to.
> Surely there must be some sort of extension that you can get for IE
> that allows you to debug with it.

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