Re: <empty /> vs <empty></empty?
Is there any way to control whether empty elements appear as <empty></empty>, instead of <empty/>?
No, that is outside the specification. A vendor might offer that as a feature, but there is no control in the W3C spec.
My problem is that some browsers don't like <div/> or <a name="x"/>, not recognising that they both begin and *end* there, thinking instead they are opening tags only.
Indeed ... in my class I use the following as an example (note that one has to first substitute "< " with "<" as I've escaped the markup so this will work in mailers):
< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> < !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> < html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> < head> < title>test< /title> < meta http-equiv= "Content-type" content='text/html; charset="utf-8"' /> < /head> < body> < div>Div is normal< /div> < div style="font-style:italic">Div is italic< /div> < div style="text-decoration:underline" /> < div>No underline< /div> < div style="font-weight:bold">< /div> < div>No underline or bold< /div> < /body> < /html>
The above works just fine in Opera and in Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer.
This presents a problem when the transformation doesn't find content and ends up producing the empty element in the result tree: the formatting for that empty element "bleeds" to the end of the document.
As a workaround, I believe I can do this: <a name="x"><xsl:comment> empty </xsl:comment></a>
Kewl! I hadn't thought of forcing it that way. Thanks!
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