RE: [xsl] [xml] using schemas/xslt/xinclude to provide normalization

Subject: RE: [xsl] [xml] using schemas/xslt/xinclude to provide normalization
From: "Nathan Young -X \(natyoung - Artizen at Cisco\)" <natyoung@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 10:58:11 -0700

You can use entities to include XML, I'm not sure if it would be a good
solution for you or not...

If you have files test1.xml and test2.xml which contain xml snippets,
you can create a file test_list.xml like so:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE TestData [
<!ENTITY test1 SYSTEM "test1.xml">
<!ENTITY test2 SYSTEM "test2.xml">

You can also define the entities in an external DTD but that seemed like
it wouldn't fit as well for your case...



Nathan Young
CDC Site Design & Development->Interface Development Team
A: ncy1717
E: natyoung@xxxxxxxxx

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nestor Urquiza [mailto:nestor.urquiza@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 7:26 AM
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [xsl] [xml] using schemas/xslt/xinclude to provide
> normalization
> Hello guys,
> I have been thinking about different options to provide xml
> normalization meaning I want to be able to maintain xml files or
> unique nodes with information that is reused within a specific xml
> file. I gave it a try using xinclude but the parsers I have seen do
> not implement xpointer() scheme but only the element() scheme. On the
> other hand they do not provide way of selecting fragments using xpath
> expressions as XInclude propose thru #xpointer... included in the href
> attribute. Using element() I am able to maintain individual files and
> include just the particular nodes I need in my final xml files,
> however I have to keep the order of them because element works based
> on the position of children like element(/1/2) to say use the second
> child from root.
> I was thinking about to use in the meanwhile (seems like xerces will
> support the xpointer scheme and even an xpath scheme someday as well
> as jaxen as I read from some dom4j postings) xslt to given the
> specific nodes with ids just build the resulting xml file where the
> nodes are repeated and I can make my xpaths simpler.
>  In both cases above I heve always the worry about the maintanance of
> those several files that host unique nodes and I am wondering if there
> is a better solution.
> Still I think a better way has to exist and maybe this is using
> schemas. I hope some of you could give me directions about where to
> look for a good solution.
> Thanks in advance
> Nestor

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