[xsl] outputting an ampersand in an attribute

Subject: [xsl] outputting an ampersand in an attribute
From: tom a <tasmito@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:59:42 -0700 (PDT)
I am generating svg documents and would like to output an element like:
<glyph unicode="&#xE003;" horiz-adv-x="833"
d="M124,348L124,249L709,249L709,348L124,348 Z"/>

I need to generate the value
of @unicode programmatically. The difficulty, of course, is outputting the
ampersand in @unicode.

I started off by trying to disable output escaping:
<xsl:variable name="char" as="xs:string">
position(), ';')"/>
<xsl:attribute name="unicode"

But this came out as &amp;
(followed by an integer and ; per
the concat())

I then tried to use character maps:

   <xsl:output-character string="&amp;" character="&"/>

But the processor refuses to accept the lone ampersand
in @character. It generates the following message:

"The entity name must
immediately follow the '&' in the entity reference."

But since the entity
name is generated at runtime, I have a problem.

Any thoughts are greatly


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