Re: [xsl] CDATA and Named Entities to ASCII

Subject: Re: [xsl] CDATA and Named Entities to ASCII
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 17:55:53 -0500
At 2007-11-30 22:51 +0000, Mark Anderson wrote:
I need to transform some XML to ASCII text.

However, the XML contains named entities - e.g. <a>this &amp; that</a>, and may contain CDATA - e.g. CDATA[This & That]]

Is there a way to transform the above to 'this & that'

<xsl:output method="text"/> will serialize your result tree as simple text without escaping markup-sensitive characters.

In your result tree all elements and attributes are ignored and all PCDATA is serialized to the output.

Construct your result tree as you would for any HTML or XML result ... that bit doesn't change ... putting out simple text is just a serialization issue.

Note that if you really need US ASCII 7-bit, then you would need:

<xsl:output method="text" encoding="US-ASCII"/>

Typically for 8-bit text I use the Latin-1 character set:

<xsl:output method="text" encoding="ISO-8859-1"/>

The default is UTF-8, a hybrid 7-bit/8-bit encoding.

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . Ken

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