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Subject: links don't work when IE transforms XSL document
From: Anton Triest <anton@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 10:30:50 +0200
internet links dont work
Hello everybody,

I want to create a html document (client-side transformation) with internal hyperlinks
(links to anchors within the document). This is my stylesheet (anchors.xsl):


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="anchors.xsl"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
   xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
   xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
   <xsl:output method="xml" encoding="utf-8" indent="yes"
       doctype-public="-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
       doctype-system="http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"/>
   <xsl:template match="/">
       <html lang="en" xml:lang="en">
           <head>
               <title>anchors</title>
               <style type="text/css">
                   div { padding-bottom: 800px; }
               </style>
           </head>
           <body>
               <div>
                   <p>contents</p>
                   <ul>
                       <li><a href="#s1">Section 1</a></li>
                       <li><a href="#s2">Section 2</a></li>
                       <li><a href="#s3">Section 3</a></li>
                   </ul>
               </div>
               <div><a id="s1"></a><h1>Section 1</h1></div>
               <div><a id="s2"></a><h1>Section 2</h1></div>
               <div><a id="s3"></a><h1>Section 3</h1></div>
           </body>
       </html>
   </xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

Against any input file, this should display a file with 3 hyperlinks (a href) to their appropriate
anchor (a id). This all works well... except when I use an xsl stylesheet as input file: in IE,
the links don't work (clicking them results in "Cannot find server or DNS Error").


I tried using '<a name=' instead of '<a id=', and also tried putting something inside the anchor
element (<a id="s1">&#160;</a>), but it doesn't help.


Is this a bug in IE or MSXML? (I'm using IE 6.0.2800.1106, MSXML 4.20.9818.0). In Mozilla it
works as expected. And when I generate a html file with Saxon, the resulting file works, also in IE.


If anybody wonders why I want to use an xsl as input: the above code is a simplified example,
for a similar problem occuring here: http://users.telenet.be/cking/webstuff/xdoc/xdoc.xsl


TIA,
Anton

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