RE: [xsl] String Case Conversion: Title Case

Subject: RE: [xsl] String Case Conversion: Title Case
From: "Mario Madunic" <Mario_Madunic@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 11:20:57 -0500
I've had the pleasure of doing this in the past and here is a helpful hint as
to what Wendell has mentioned. I created an XML doc that contained a list of
interesting names, acronyms, prepositions, etc, to test against and eventually
it all sat in a db for ease of updating and pumped out the XML. This list was
maintained not by myself but by others. As long as they followed the their own
spelling rules, everything was fine. When testing against the list I
lower-cased the test string vs a lower-case instance in the control list and
grabbed the content of the entry. If you are using a processor with db
extensions, then you can test against the db directly, I believe.


Marijan (Mario) Madunic
Publishing Specialist
New Flyer Industries

-----Original Message-----
From: Wendell Piez [mailto:wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:45 AM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [xsl] String Case Conversion: Title Case

At 03:43 AM 10/7/2009, Mike wrote:
> > I have used upper-case and lower-case methods in xslt2.0. But
> > I like to know, how to convert Title-Case/Upper-Lower Case.
> > Could any one share with me the logic for this.
> >
>There is no function for creating title-case in the standard function
>library because it was considered too culturally sensitive. Conventions for
>capitalizing titles vary greatly from one country to another, and even among
>different publishers within the same country (compare British with US
>newspapers, for example). Simply forcing any letter to lower-case if it is
>preceded by another letter and to upper-case otherwise does not give
>acceptable results in any country, but if that's what you want to do, it's
>easy enough to write your own function. You can test whether a character is
>a letter using the regex construct \p{L}.

If you do write your own function, you will quickly find you need a
stop list to fix problems with acronyms and interesting names (such
as "XML" and "XPath", not "Xml" and "Xpath"), to say nothing of
whatever local rules your title case convention follows (such as
leaving prepositions in lower case, or whatever).


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