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Subject: Re: Text To XML using XSL
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 12:24:13 +0100
convert text to xml
> Text
> 1. B H. J. Eichler, P. G&#x0123;nter, and D. W. Pohl, <I>Laser-Induced 
> Dynamic Gratings</I> (Springer, Berlin, 1986).
> 2. B J. D. Ferry, <I>Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers,</I> 3rd ed. 
> (Wiley, New York, 1980).
> 3. B B. E. Conway, in <I>Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry,</I> 
> edited by J. O. M. Bockris and B. E. Conway (Butterworths, London, 
> 1964), p. 43.

Ah that invalidates most of the replies that you have so far had in this
thread. As everyone has noted, Using XSLT2 or perl or anything else with
string editing capabilities (personally I like emacs lisp) would be
better to convert text to XML.

But your input is already XML you presumably want &#x0123; to be
interpreted as a character reference and <I>...</I> to be interpreted as
an element.

If you use the XSLT2 unparsed-text() function then this will _not_ be
the interpretation: &#x0123; would just be parsed as 8 characters
" & # x 0 1 2 3 ;"
It would be possible to use regular expression search to find strings
that matched &#x[0-9a-fA-F]+; and then write a hex to decimal conversion
function and generate the unicode character of that number, but that
sounds like a long way round.

If your input is a well formed XML entity then just input it using
document() and treat it as an XML to XML transformation. If there is no
top level element, either add one explicitly or write a small wrapper
xml document taht has a single element and then includes your file as an
external entity.

The string handling of the text nodes would still be easier with XSLT2's
regex functions, but you should start with document() (or doc()) not


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