Re: [xsl] Capture stray carriage returns?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Capture stray carriage returns?
From: "Piez, Wendell A. (Fed) wendell.piez@xxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2024 16:04:05 -0000

If I couldn't control the thing that was doing the so-called 'pretty
printing', I would probably be thinking about a standalone
whitespace-rectification XSLT to run before the ASCII-doc generation in my

But well tested since those can also be destructive of information.

Good luck,

From: dvint dvint@xxxxxxxxx <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 7:06 PM
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Subject: Re: [xsl] Capture stray carriage returns?

Never done stream work, so never thought to mention that. I am processing
individual files.

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From: "Martin Honnen martin.honnen@xxxxxx<mailto:martin.honnen@xxxxxx>"
Date: 3/13/24 3:41 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [xsl] Capture stray carriage returns?

On 13/03/2024 23:32, dvint@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:dvint@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm trying to convert some XML/DITA content to asciidoc/flat text
> file. asciidoc is very picky about where spaces and blank lines occur.
> Typically I would just use a catch all template possibly with some
> modes assigned
> <xsl:template match="text()" />
> And just process specific element content directly and this seems to
> handle the problem of extra blank lines (my particular problem
> currently).
> I think I chose not to do this for my current task because I need the
> bulk of the test to be processed (rather than looking for specific
> content to extract). So I have something like this:
> <xsl:strip-space elements="*"/>
> <xsl:template match="text()" >
>   <xsl:value-of select="normalize-space()"/>
> </xsl:template>
> I believe this is working correctly for space in the elements but I'm
> getting stray blank lines that I can't find a way to control. I think
> these blank lines are coming from the pretty printed XML source.
> In an XML output I wouldn't worry about these blank lines, but in this
> flat file, I need to tighten up my result.
> Questions:
> - do you agree this is the source of the blank lines?

How do you feed the input to the XSLT processor? As a stream or file so
that it can do the xsl:strip-space or as a tree where perhaps that
stripping is not done?

But you let us speculate.

Running/debugging code seems easier.

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