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Subject: Re: Re: avoiding disable-output-escaping, how to output M$ wierd syntax
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 14:56:54 -0400
css disable link

At 01:59 PM 8/31/2005, you wrote:
> Even though it makes me quesy, it should be possible to write this
> just as a comment.
>> <xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes"><!--[if IE]></xsl:text>
>> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/~rodney/times/css/ieonly.css" media="screen" />
>> <xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes"><![endif]--></xsl:text>
> as the comment that it really desires to be should just be:
> <xsl:comment>[if IE]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
> href="/~rodney/times/css/ieonly.css" media="screen"
> /><![endif]</xsl:comment>

Well, the link element gets parsed as a node and the comment output does not have any link in it. It (xsltproc) also tries to parse "<![endif]" and pukes on the ! in the element name. It would also puke if it ever got to the missing >.

Yes. Details Jon missed. Actually the ">" would be fine; it's only the "<" that will be a problem.

Escape it as &lt; and you'll be fine there too.

  But a little modification give

<xsl:comment><![CDATA[[if IE]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/~rodney/times/css/ieonly.css" media="screen" /><![endif]]]></xsl:comment>

which does produce the same output.

So would

<xsl:comment>[if IE]>&lt;link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/~rodney/times/css/ieonly.css" media="screen" />&lt;![endif]</xsl:comment>

  But I'm not sure this is better
markup than using "disable-output-escaping".

It is.

  Specifically, if I had
to use variables inside the CDATA section; I'd be up a creek.

You can include them if you don't escape the entire section from being parsed with the CDATA marked section (as shown above), but only escape the open markup delimiters (< and &).

It's actually *very* rare to need disable-output-escaping. Almost without exception it turns out there's an easier way; and when there isn't it's usually for reasons outside the XSLT.


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