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RE: Controlling Whitespace in IE

Subject: RE: Controlling Whitespace in IE
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 19:08:04 +0100
whitespace in ie
Sadly, IE throws the space away before invoking the XSLT processor.

Complaining to Microsoft is unlikely to do much good.

If you invoke the transformation from Javascript rather than via the
<?xml-stylesheet?> processing instructions, there are magic incantations
that cause the whitespace to be preserved.

Michael Kay
http://www.saxonica.com/ 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Spencer Tickner [mailto:spencertickner@xxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: 04 May 2006 18:55
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:  Controlling Whitespace in IE
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> 
> Thanks in advance for the help.
> 
> I'm having an issue with ie's translation of my xml document. 
> With this document:
> 
> <?xml version="1.0"?>
> <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="test.xsl"?> <root>
> 	<sentencetext>blah <def>blah blah</def> blah blah 
> <def>foo</def> <def>bar</def>.</sentencetext> </root>
> 
> the foo and the bar are stuck together. I am using this 
> stylesheet to try and force them apart:
> 
> <?xml version='1.0'?>
> <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" 
> xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
> <xsl:output media-type="html"/>
> 
> <xsl:variable name="cr"><xsl:text>
> </xsl:text></xsl:variable>
> 
> <xsl:template match="/">
> 	<html>
> 	<body>
> 	<xsl:apply-templates/>
> 	</body>
> 	</html>
> </xsl:template>
> 
> <xsl:template match="sentencetext">
> 	<p><xsl:apply-templates/></p><xsl:value-of 
> select="$cr"/> </xsl:template>
> 
> <xsl:template match="def">
> <a class="definition" 
> href="something"><em><xsl:apply-templates/></em></a>
> </xsl:template>
> 
> <xsl:template match="text()">
> <xsl:choose>
> <xsl:when test="normalize-space(.) = ''"><xsl:text> 
> </xsl:text></xsl:when> <xsl:otherwise><xsl:value-of 
> select="."/></xsl:otherwise> </xsl:choose> </xsl:template>
> 
> </xsl:stylesheet>
> 
> IE does not seem to be translating the normalize-space 
> funtion correctly.
> 
> For instance, when I put a 1 before the <xsl:text> 
> </xsl:text> in firefox I get 1's exactly where I would expect 
> them and foo and bar are seperated by a space. However in IE, 
> no 1's appear. Does anybody know of a hack or work around for this.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Spencer
> Victoria BC, Canada

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