RE: [xsl] Blank lines in transformed XML

Subject: RE: [xsl] Blank lines in transformed XML
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 14:05:45 -0000
The chances are you are copying whitespace text nodes from the input to the

If the whitespace text nodes in the input have no significance, get rid of
them using <xsl:strip-space>.

This may remove some whitespace from the output that you wanted to keep. You
can use <xsl:output indent="yes"/> to add whitespace to the output.

Michael Kay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas Jackie R Ctr HQ 754 ELSG/LRM 
> [mailto:Jackie.Thomas.Ctr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: 06 November 2007 13:46
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [xsl] Blank lines in transformed XML
> We are transforming xml being output by a program into xml to 
> match our xml schema.  We basically copy the original xml in 
> the following way: 
> <xsl:template match="/"><xsl:apply-templates 
> /></xsl:template> and/or <xsl:template 
> match="*"><xsl:copy><xsl:apply-templates
> /></xsl:copy></xsl:template> and then we maniputlate the xml 
> where needed. In doing so we rename tags, manipulate tag 
> contents and omit tags altogether.  The way we are omitting 
> tags is with a blank template match.  For example 
> <xsl:template match="title"/> is our way of omitting any 
> <title> tags from our transformed xml.  The problem is, the 
> transformed xml now has blank lines anywhere a <title> tag 
> would have appeared.  
> How do we remove the blank lines from the transformed xml.  
> We are using xml/xslt 1.0 and the xerces parser.  Thanks for any help.

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