RE: enclose output of transform in CDATA section
Thanks for your responses. I agree it is inappropriate to place an xml document in a CDATA section and will attempt to get the requirements changed. However as I am producing output for a client's existing system I will probably have to use one of the "dirty" solutions provided. Sorry to have re-introduced a topic that has obviously been discussed so recently. Dave -----Original Message----- From: Michael Kay [mailto:mhk@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 2:02 PM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: RE: enclose output of transform in CDATA section We had a lengthy discussion on this last week. CDATA sections are a particular way of representing text in text nodes. They are a way of indicating that "<" and ">" within the text are not to be treated as markup characters. If the thing inside a CDATA section looks like an XML document, then the purpose of the CDATA section is to say "this isn't an XML document even though it might look like one". Therefore, a CDATA section can never contain an XML document, by definition. The correct way of nesting one XML document inside another is to nest it directly, not to hide it in a CDATA section. But I know you're going to come back and say "don't blame me for the bad design, I'm just the programmer who's been told to implement this". Well, there are various techniques possible including disable-output-escaping, saxon:serialize(), or extension functions. But they are all dirty, and you should try and get the design improved first. Michael Kay > -----Original Message----- > From: owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of > Dave Beattie > Sent: 14 August 2003 13:05 > To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: enclose output of transform in CDATA section > > > Hi > > I have to produce an output file in the following format > > <Message> > <![CDATA[ > ...xml document as generated from a transform > in here ... > ]]> > </Message> > > Any suggestions as to how I go about doing this. > > Thanks > > > Dave > > XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list > XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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