Re: [xsl] Can I grab text between two characters using XSL?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Can I grab text between two characters using XSL?
From: "Alice Wei" <ajwei@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 17:39:22 -0400
Hi, Bryan:

   Looks like you are getting the dates in this example? There is something
that you might want to try:

<xsl:value-of select="substring-after(Richmond, VA&#8212;July, 16, 2007,

 This can give you the output of July, 16, 2007.

   In case you have some text after the date, say 12345, you can use

   <xsl:value-of selecct="substring-before(July, 16, 2007&#8212;12345,

to get the same output of July 16, 2007. The string-before or string-after
depends on the position of your dash sign.
One suggestion is that in case you do have a lot of the output with the same
format, set them as some sort of "variable" so you can easily extract them.

I hope this helps.

Good luck.


 On Thu Sep 13 17:10 , "Bryan M"  sent:
>i have some xml that's being created from multiple html pages by my
>CMS.  for example:
>    RICHMOND, VA bJuly 16, 2007 b
>    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Praesent
>mauris lectus, interdum nec, consectetuer in, viverra id, enim.
>Vestibulum facilisis felis sed magna.
>I'm using XSL to format the page, and I want to pull the date from the
>page.  Is there a way to just pull the text in between the b
>the xml contains a lot of pages similar but not exact to the one
>above.  i tried something like:
>                select="page-xhtml//strong[contains(.,'Richmond') or
>but this only works for maybe half of the pages, because it seems all
>of the pages are formatted differently.  the spacing seems to be
>different where it says "RICHMOND, VA" and so the date shows up like
>"uly 13, 2007" for some of the pages.  In addition, even when this
>does work, it still returns the final b character, which I don't
>want.  Some of the pages have another city listed altogether.
>It seems to me the easiest way would be to just pull the text between
>the b characters, but I honestly have no idea how to do this
>using XSLT 1.0 (the CMS uses Xalan).
>The last resort is to go change all of the HTML of the original pages,
>but this would not only consume a lot of time but it will not help me
>in the future when a new page is created with different spacing or
>some other problem.  Any other ideas are more than welcome.  Thanks.
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