AW: [xsl] switching designs in xsl

Subject: AW: [xsl] switching designs in xsl
From: "Kloeck, Erwin" <Erwin.Kloeck@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 11:50:07 +0100

thanks for replying to my post. It reads as if you have a possible solution to my problem in mind. Unfortunately, the hints you gave in the post are not sufficient for me to understand how this solution would work. Could you please elaborate? 

Sorry for being dense.


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Von: G. Ken Holman [mailto:gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Gesendet: Montag, 15. Dezember 2003 17:41
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Betreff: Re: [xsl] switching designs in xsl

At 2003-12-15 15:59 +0100, Kloeck, Erwin wrote:
>I do some xsl:fo formatting that depends on the value of an element 
><design-id value="design-001" />. I keep the xsl stylesheets for each 
>design in a separate directory 'design-001'. Currently, I import all 
>designs in my start xsl and then switch according to the value of the 
>design-id. This works but has the disadvantage that all templates, 
>attribute-sets etc have to be globally distinct, which I do by prefixing 
>them with a
>design-marker, e.g. 'd001-'. This strikes me as not very elegant. What 
>would be a more clever way to do this?

Many aspects of XSLT stylesheet processing require everything to be known 
at stylesheet writing time, including the name of every called template, 
all modes, match patterns (which is why they cannot have variables), etc.

Therefore, there are no run-time methods you can take advantage of for what 
you ask.

Have you considered synthesizing an included template that does as many 
xsl:includes and as many xsl:whens as you have fragments?  Then your 
hand-authored fragment can just call the "dispatch" named template passing 
the testable parameter and your synthesized fragment then dispatches to the 
appropriately included fragment?

This would keep your hand-authored fragment succinct and using XSLT to 
synthesize the included fragment would be a robust way of ensuring you have 
no typographical errors in the references to included fragments or called 

I hope this helps.

........................... Ken

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