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Subject: Re: XSLT processor and substring-after
From: "N Zhou" <zhou_naijun@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 15:05:29 -0500
xslt substr
Hi Jay,

Thank you very much! I think the path is correct, but my processor does not support XPath well. I'm usingXML::XSLT with a depedency on XML::Parser not on XPath. Do you know Perl XSLT module supporting XPath 1.0 or higher? I know Saxon but I prefer CGI script.

The full source data:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>
<wfs:FeatureCollection xmlns:wfs="http://www.opengis.net/wfs" xmlns:gml="http://www.opengis.net/gml">
<gml:Box srsName="epsg:4326">
<gml:coordinates>-89,43 -95,43</gml:coordinates>

My XSL is:

<?xml version='1.0' ?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:wfs="http://www.opengis.net/wfs" xmlns:gml="http://www.opengis.net/gml" xmlns:b="http://www.opengis.net/examples" xmlns="http://www.fgdc.gov/fgdc/gc" xmlns:saxon="http://icl.com/saxon">
<xsl:output method="xml" standalone="yes" omit-xml-declaration="no" encoding="ISO-8859-1"/>

<xsl:template match="/">
<xsl:variable name="coords1" select="wfs:FeatureCollection/gml:boundedBy/gml:Box/gml:coordinates"/>
<xsl:value-of select="substring-before($coords1,' ')"/>
<xsl:value-of select="substring-after($coords1,' ')"/>

Thanks again.

N Zhou

From: JBryant@xxxxxxxxx
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To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re:  XSLT processor and substring-after
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 14:48:00 -0500

With the following source XML (yours with the namespace removed for
simplicity's sake):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <coordinates>89,43 90,43.5</coordinates>

I got the following stylesheet to work with Saxon 8:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"

  <xsl:template match="/">
    <xsl:variable name="coords1" select="/boundedBy/Box/coordinates"/>
        <xsl:value-of select="substring-before($coords1, ' ')"/>
        <xsl:value-of select="substring-after($coords1,' ')"/>


To produce the following output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

My guess is that you've not properly specified the path in the select part
of the variable or that your processor has a problem. Perhaps you should
shows us more of the source document, so that we can help you develop a
better path or help you determine that the problem is your processor.


Jay Bryant
Bryant Communication Services
(presently consulting at Synergistic Solution Technologies)

"N Zhou" <zhou_naijun@xxxxxxxxxxx>
04/13/2005 01:57 PM
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 XSLT processor and substring-after


I'm using XML::XSLT Perl module to transform XML data:
      <gml:coordinates>89,43 90,43.5</gml:coordinates>

I want to split the 89,42 90, 43.5 to two substrings as :

I tried substring-after but didn't get results (XML::XSLT returned blank):
        <xsl:variable name="coords1"
           <xsl:value-of select="substring-before($coords1, ' ')"/>
            <xsl:value-of select="substring-after($coords1,' ')"/>

Could anyone tell me why I cannot split the string: are there errors in my

XSL; or, the module XML::XSLT does not support substring-after (it uses
XPath1.3)? Anyone can recommend me another Perl module of XSLT processor?

Thank you very much!

n zhou

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