Re: [xsl] formatting xml output: inserting newlines between generated attributes

Subject: Re: [xsl] formatting xml output: inserting newlines between generated attributes
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 16:11:03 -0400
Hi Abie,

At 03:34 PM 9/9/2003, you wrote:
It does make more sense to do it in the way you're suggesting. I appreciate the modularization advantages. We actually do already have a 2 step transform, and my hesitation to have yet another stage is only in terms of efficiency. 2 steps is ostensibly faster than 3.

I bet long-term, you'd regret the "efficiency" of saving a step, especially considering how simple the XML-rewriting transform you're describing would be stand-alone, vs. the complexity of implementing a garden-variety transform this way. (Imagine: in every template you're writing out faux "XML" instead of using literal result elements or <xsl:element> ... thereby taking on the burden of ensuring well-formedness everywhere, not to mention handling character-escaping. Unh.) Also, if you want such a module once, chances are fair you'll want it again ... why reimplement every time?

Is there a lot of overhead in invoking the transform process multiple times? say I wanted to do it 10, 20 or 60 times?

Not if you do it right. On the ground, of course, the answer depends on how you're running the transforms to begin with. (And since XSLT is an openly specified "standard", you have the option of looking at alternatives if your current setup isn't up to the job.)


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