Re: [xsl] Newbie question, commenting out an element

Subject: Re: [xsl] Newbie question, commenting out an element
From: "Mukul Gandhi" <gandhi.mukul@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 15:22:13 +0530
The following works fine with Saxon 9.

<xsl:output name="ser-x" method="xml" omit-xml-declaration="yes" indent="yes" />

  <xsl:value-of select="saxon:serialize(applic, 'ser-x')" />

I have few questions,

1. Can we have serialize functionality in a future XSLT version
(perhaps 2.1), something like, xsl:serialize(...) which exactly
follows the Saxon serialize extension semantics?
saxon:serialize seems to me a quite useful extension, and I think it
could be available in standard XSLT.

2. XSLT 2.0 allows us to define xsl:output elements with 'name'
attribute, which can be used in saxon:serialize function (as shown
above). Apart from saxon:serialize function, do any standard XSLT 2.0
instructions/facilities use xsl:output elements having 'name'

On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 3:02 PM, Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I am new to the list and to XSLT. I want to transform a XML
>> file to another XML file. In the process I have a Applic tag
>> that I want to wrap in a comment.
> Comments can't contain tags. If you look at XML more carefully, you will see
> that any "<" and ">" characters are not treated as markup (or tags), they
> are ordinary data characters. They might look like tags, but the appearance
> is deceptive.
> This is reflected in the XSLT/XPath data model: a comment node cannot have
> element nodes as its children.
> So to solve this, you need to serialize the elements as strings, and then
> put the strings in the comment node. You can do the serialization by hand
> (but be careful with special characters like "&"), or use something like
> saxon:serialize().
> Michael Kay

Mukul Gandhi

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