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Re: The case of the mysteriously corrupted XSL transf

Subject: Re: The case of the mysteriously corrupted XSL transformation (ARRGH)
From: Anton Triest <anton@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 21:46:50 +0100
document.write is not a function
Hi Wong,

I made a simple testcase, that demonstrates Mozilla/Gecko/Transformiix does have a problem with javascript document.write:

=== test.xsl ===

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
 <xsl:output method="xml" version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" indent="yes"
   doctype-public="-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
 <xsl:template match="/">
         <script type="text/javascript">

=== input.xml ===

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="test.xsl"?>

=== saxon output.html ===

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html
 PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
     <script type="text/javascript">

The output.html generated by Saxon works fine in IE6 and Moz (browser says 'hello').

Opening input.xml (ie. transforming via the xml-stylesheet PI) works fine in IE6 too, but not in Firefox: blank page, and javascript error: "document.write is not a function".

(Firefox 1.0 and Netscape 7.2 show the same result)

I don't know if this is "normal", or a Mozilla/Gecko bug... I think it should work - I have used methods like appendChild succesfully, why should document.write fail here? Maybe some other xslister can elaborate...

Best regards,

Wong Chin Shin wrote:

Hi Anton,

Thanks for the help.

I see what you mean, but can I clarify:

Is it true that "on-the-fly" Javascript like document.write will have
problems working in an XSL-transformed page? I had the impression that the
transformation layer is just an additional layer and that the browser would
consider the final code only. If this is the case, a lot of existing scripts
would be off-limits to whoever's trying to employ this technique.

Also, the fact that it works using some XSL parsers and not with others is a
worry. I just hope that I'm doing things according to specs so far and the
next server upgrade won't break it.


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