Re: [xsl] Whitespace Copied in Element Content Nodes

Subject: Re: [xsl] Whitespace Copied in Element Content Nodes
From: "Abel Braaksma (online)" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 10:41:31 +0200 (CEST)
Hi Jeff,

I don't think it would matter whether you use Saxon SA or B for it (it is
ignorable whitespace, not illegal whitespace).

However, what does matter is how your identity transform is defined. If you
have a "catch all" (match="node() | @*") then text nodes, whether relevant or
not, will be matched by your identity template and, depending on your
instructions inside your matching template, copied.

Do you already use an xsl:strip-space declaration?

Maybe this part of the spec is your culprit, so I include it here for reference:

"If an element in a source document has a type annotation  that is a simple
type or a complex type with simple content, then any whitespace text nodes
among its children are preserved, regardless of any xsl:strip-space 

If all fails, you can add something like this to your stylesheet:

<xsl:template match="text()
            [normalize-space() = '']
            [parent::*/*]" />

which will remove any whitespace nodes that are not whitespace-only nodes.

-- Abel --

> Hi,
> I'm doing a identity transformation of an XML that is defined in a
> XML Schema, why is it that my element defined as element only content
> retains the whitespace used for indention in the result? I expected
> that this would be removed because these are ignorable whitespace as
> defined in the schema.
> I'm using XSLT 2.0 and transforming using oXygen and Saxon 9B.
> Do I need a SA  version of Saxon for this?
> Thanks,
> -- Jeff
> Jeferson L. Sese
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