Re: XSLT for usable yet valid XHTML
What are the diferences you say exist in "practically all current web browsers" betwen <h3></h3> and <h3/>, since i can't see any? What would you say are the "current web browsers"? I'm doing some XSLT on the browser and the subject interest me. > On Apr 6, 2005 3:52 PM, Jonah Gold <jonah@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > Hi - > > > > First off, greetings as I am new to this list. I may not be sticking > > around too long though, I should warn, as I may not be doing XSL dev > > full-time too much longer. But so long as I'm here I have a question. > > > > We are using XSLT 1.0, parsed by jd.xslt, to transform XML into XHTML. > > For output we are currently using <xsl:output method="html" etc... > > > > > This obviously doesn't produce valid xhtml - the slash is removed from > > singleton tags, 'checked="checked"' is transformed to simply 'checked', > > and some other similar things. This is not surprising, since our method > > is set to "html", which defaults to html 4, but ideally we would like > > this not to be the case - we are fairly interested in making our XHTML > > as valid as possible. > > > > So why, you ask, are we not using 'method="xml"'? This would solve the > > above problems, true, but we've had problems with it because our content > > is variable enough that we may have the situation of empty tags (i.e. > > '<h3></h3>') being converted into singleton tags (i.e. <h3/>) by the > > parser, which, while valid XHTML, is viewed as an open tag without > > closure by practically all current web browsers. It is a possibility > > that we might be able to, say, append a ' ' to every tag set that > > might ever be empty, to prevent them from collapsing in this manner, but > > we'd really rather not, as it will mess up some formatting and generally > > be a pain. > > > > My question - is there any compromise we can find between these two > > problems, making our XHTML valid (or at least less invalid) but not > > causing empty tags to collapse into singletons? I am fairly new to XSLT, > > so apologies if this is an obvious or ill-advised question. But any > > advice anyone has would be appreciated. > > > > Thanks! > > > > -- > > jonah
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