Re: [xsl] Layout of text output.

Subject: Re: [xsl] Layout of text output.
From: "Rob Lugt" <roblugt@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 09:53:35 +0100
Romain Guider wrote:
>  Basically, I want the layout of the output to only
>  depend upon what I put in the xsl templates. However, I observe that the
>  form of the output is sensitive to the way the source is indented which
>  quite unfortunate to me !
>  Of course, the line "<xsl:output method="text" indent="no"/>" has no


You are getting this effect due to the fact that the whitespaces between
your elements are being treated as text nodes.  There is a built-in template
rule for text and attribute nodes which copies them directly to the output.

The recommended (and easy) way to prevent this is to add the following
top-level element to your stylesheet:-

<xsl:strip-space elements="*"/>

As an aside, if you are interested in investigating this further, you could
try replacing the built-in template for text nodes:

<xsl:template match="text()">
 <!-- do nothing with text nodes -->

This isn't the recommended way of achieving your desired result.  For a
start it removes all text nodes, not just whitespace-only nodes.  But it
gives you an idea of what is going on under the covers.


Rob Lugt
ElCel Technology

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