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RE: no output files

Subject: RE: no output files
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 13:56:59 -0000
RE:  no output files
There will always be at least one result tree, but its contents may be
empty. see 2.4:

An implicit result tree is also created when the result sequence is empty,
provided that no xsl:result-document  instruction has been evaluated during
the course of the transformation. In this situation the implicit result tree
will consist of a document node with no children.

But you don't have to serialize the result tree to a file. Try <xsl:output

Running a transformation for the sake of its side-effects is a risky
strategy - there's always a danger that the processor might optimize the
whole thing away. However, it's perfectly reasonable for example for a
stylesheet to be primarily performing data validation, and to produce as
output a list of validation errors which may in some (or most) cases be

Michael Kay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Szabo, Patrick (LNG-VIE) [mailto:patrick.szabo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 17 November 2008 13:45
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:  no output files
> Hi,
> I4m using XSLT 2.0 and Saxon 9.
> Is it possible to do a transformation without creating outputfiles ?!
> Why ?!
> Well, the xsl doesn4t really change the files, it just uses
> it4s information.
> cheers
> Patrick Szabo
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