Re: [xsl] Retaining Entity refrence names in Output

Subject: Re: [xsl] Retaining Entity refrence names in Output
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 11:23:14 +0100
> Can writing a customed function do trick?

Not directly.

Basically you want to pick some unused unicode character slot and use
that in your result tree as an alias for your comb entity, then set up a
character map to write the character as &comb;.

Depending on what you are doing you can either just use the alias
character directly in your stylesheet or use xpath2's regular expression
replace() function to change your string to your alias character.

But really why do all this? the end result is that you get entity
references in your document, and so it's equivalent to the document
without references except that any xml parser processing the file has to
go to the extra work of loading the dtd and expanding all the

Entity references are a great aid to hand authoring documents, but for
machine generated documents (such as the result of an xslt transform)
they generate more problems than they solve).


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