Re: date formating
Hi Samina, > I'm not too sure if this is the answer your looking for, but I'm > using Xalan and Xerces packages. Yes, that was the answer I was looking for. You can use Java methods as extension functions in Xalan. You need to declare a namespace for the class that you're using. The namespace points to the Java implementation and assigns a namespace prefix for the functions that you'll use. The simplest way of doing so is by declaring the namespace in the document element of the stylesheet, using the 'xalan' protocol e.g.: <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:date="xalan://java.text.SimpleDateFormat" extension-element-prefixes="date"> ... </xsl:stylesheet> You can then call the methods on that class as functions with the date: prefix. You can create instances of a class using the a new() function in that namespace. You need to create a SimpleDateFormat object for the two date formats that you're using: <xsl:variable name="prism-date" select="date:new('MMM dd yyyy h:mma')" /> <xsl:variable name="iso-date" select='date:new("yyyy-MM-dd'T'hh:mm:ssz")' /> Then you need to parse the harvest_time element using the $prism-date SimpleDateFormat. You can call an instance method by passing the instance as the first argument to the function: <xsl:variable name="date" select="date:parse($prism-date, harvest_time)" /> And format the result of that parse using the $iso-date SimpleDateFormat: <xsl:value-of select="date:format($iso-date, $date)" /> Alternatively, you could write your own class/method in Java that does the whole conversion, and then call that class/method in the same way as above. I haven't tested this, so some of it may be wrong. I've been looking at the Java API to find out the methods available on java.text.SimpleDateFormat  and the Xalan documentation to work out how to call methods from there . It's probably worth reading both yourself. Cheers, Jeni  http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/docs/api/java/text/SimpleDateFormat.html  http://xml.apache.org/xalan-j/extensions.html --- Jeni Tennison http://www.jenitennison.com/ XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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