RE: Followup question for Kenny Akridge...Thank you!
Bill, I take the time because other have taken the time with me :) I'll try to look at this tonight. I've been swamped with work lately (none of which is XSL right now, and I love working with XSL), but I will certainly get to it soon. -Kenny Akridge -----Original Message----- From: owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bill Walker Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 4:53 PM To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Followup question for Kenny Akridge...Thank you! Hi again... This question is directed to Kenny Akridge specifically. I wasn't sure how else to reach him directly... _______ Last week you were gracious enough to offer me a solution as to how to get parts of a page to display if info. was or was not included in the XML file. I really appreciate the time you took to think it through for me. Your solution works great on the simple level I laid out. You did offer to write back if I had questions, so I am taking you up on it. As I mentioned before, my goal is to plug your solution into a full-fledged XSL stylesheet that includes all the rest of the HTML and CSS references etc. Here is what the existing page looks like: http://www.stockton.lib.ca.us/new_webroot/statistics/stat-openpg.htm Here is the existing XSL stylesheet: http://www.stockton.lib.ca.us/xml_xsl_html_samples/stat-openpg.xsl and the existing XML file: http://www.stockton.lib.ca.us/xml_xsl_html_samples/stat-openpg.xml The XSL file works correctly using commands specific to the XML file... but my goal was to try to put your solution into it to make it a "one size fits all" XSL stylesheet that could transform ANY XML file that either HAD Categories and Databases and Websites or that HAD ONLY Websites in the XML file... Does that make sense? So, anyway, I looked admiringly at your solution and then tried for several hours to get your code to be substituted for the xsl: stuff in the existing XSL file. Needless to say, I have not been able to get this to work yet. I think I still don't have a very good grasp of how to construct an XSL stylesheet. I really don't understand where to put the the XSL commands within the HTML in the stylesheet to make it generate correct HTML output... I get error messages that I can't fathom, so it gets pretty frustrating. I was wondering if you could take some time again to look at our XSL file and XML file and see if you could insert the code you have shown that works (in a simplified page). Keep in mind that this XSL file references other XML files such as: http://www.stockton.lib.ca.us/xml_xsl_html_samples/bureau-labor-stats.xm l I must emphasize that I am certainly not a programmer. I am a librarian and learned HTML from the ground up, but it was pretty simple compared to XSLT, so I often get stumped when I try things out in XSLT. I know it is not programming per se, but it can be quite confusing. I was so happy when I got our existing XML and XSL to work. But, now it seems like we should be able to condense it all down to one XSL file that would work against all the Subject and Sub-subject XML files. That is the goal in all of this... So, anyway, if you have time, I would sure appreciate any expertise you can apply to my problem. I know you can't test it fully since you don't have all the image and css files we have here, but if you could substitute your commands for my commands, I could bring it back here and test it (AND see if I could understand how you did it!!) So, if you can putter with it, please just use the designations that are in the files...i.e. categories, databases, web_sites... And again, thank you very much for being such a good samaritan. My wife is just getting into the Internet and she was amazed at my being able to ask a question of a group of XSL experts and people actually taking the time to try to help. --Bill Walker Reference Dept. Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! SiteBuilder - Free web site building tool. Try it! http://webhosting.yahoo.com/ps/sb/ 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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