Re: [xsl] character entities

Subject: Re: [xsl] character entities
From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 12:15:20 +0000
David C. wrote:
> XSLT requires all entities to be expanded.
> If you don't need to query into the replacement texts of the entities
> and want to use XSLT, you need to use something that removes the &'s
> here's a script I use:

Another quick possibility, if the entities are the same as the HTML
entities, is to use the HTML output method with Saxon. (MSXML, which I
think is the default with XML Spy, outputs characters as decimal
character references rather than character entity references, as does
Xalan from what I can tell.) As long as the XML that you're generating
doesn't contain any elements that have the same name as the empty HTML
elements (e.g. br, img, meta, link) or the ones that have CDATA
content (e.g. script, style) then you should get the same as the XML
output method but with entities escaped (I think).

Alternatively, you might be able to switch to Xalan and use the
xalan:entities extension attribute on xsl:output to point to a
resources file that lists the mappings between character numbers and
entities. You could take HTMLEntities.res in
org.apache.xalan.serialize as a starting point.

Or if you're feeling really brave, you could write your own
serializer. You can write one in Java for Saxon or Xalan, and just
plug it in through the stylesheet, or if you wanted to use MSXML you
could write a script that does the transformation into a DOM and then
serialize the DOM with the appropriate substitutions in the text



Jeni Tennison

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