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From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2002 17:00:43 -0500
 disable-output-escaping Yet Again (was Re:   )
At 03:30 PM 2/6/02, Corey wrote:
I've had this problem, too, when I wanted to output partial nodes. If you

<xsl:value-of select="." disable-output-escaping='yes' />

when you are pushing to the output stream, then it should come out as </i>
and not &lt; /i &gt;

But why this is neither a good idea, nor necessary, is an extremely frequent topic of discussion on this list.

It's a mistake to think you're outputting a "partial node" like this. What you are outputting is a string which, if your processor implements this optional feature (and there's no "should" about it), can be parsed as a tag. If you're really careful or lucky, this may create an effect you want downstream. If you're not, your output will just be broken.

The price of this workaround will go up as we get more XSL systems that don't serialize their output at all.


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