RE: xml in, xml out

Subject: RE: xml in, xml out
From: Kay Michael <Michael.Kay@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 15:38:54 +0100
> Am I correct that this is the "classic transformation" 
> template that used
> to be talked of?  In other words the basic transformation?
> > 
> > <xsl:template match="/">
> >    <xsl:copy-of select="."/>
> > </xsl:template>
> > 

As others have pointed out, this identity transformation is rarely useful in
practice because you usually want the output to be slightly different from
the input. That means using <xsl:copy> and <xsl:apply-templates>. However,
<xsl:copy-of> is often useful to copy a whole subtree unchanged, and is
often overlooked because it's tucked away in an obscure corner of the spec.

Mike Kay

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