RE: [xsl] Disable-output-escaping with Saxonlt 6.1 to output &

Subject: RE: [xsl] Disable-output-escaping with Saxonlt 6.1 to output &
From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 07:59:20 -0800 (PST)
On Tue, 6 Feb 2001 Brand_Niemann@xxxxxxx wrote:

> Thanks for the help.  See if you can replicate as I can with the below snippets.
> I need to output a & as part of a href link string that I create with the
> prorpietary software that I am using.

> <xsl:template match="JL">
> <xsl:element name="a">
> <xsl:attribute name="href">
> <xsl:text>Some text here</xsl:text>
> <xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes">&amp;</xsl:text>
> </xsl:attribute>
> <xsl:value-of select="."/>
> </xsl:element>
> </xsl:template>
> </xsl:transform>


>       <a href="Some text here&amp;"> 7703</a>

It's escaped because to be valid *HTML* you must have '&amp' there. Bare
'&' is illegal in that context.

Any modern web browser will 'do the right thing' with it when the link is 
clicked on. It was an artifact of the original Mosaic web browser that
bare '&' chars embedded in URLs were *ever* accepted in HTML - they
should not have been.

To repeat:

<a href="sdkfsdfds&">sdfdsf</a> is *syntactically broken HTML*.

<a href="sdkfsdfds&amp;">sdfdsf</a> is *syntactically correct HTML*.

Benjamin Franz

... with proper design, the features come cheaply. This 
approach is arduous, but continues to succeed.

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