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Jon RobertsSubject: datadirect coverter result differs from Stylus Studio
Author: Jon Roberts
Date: 01 Aug 2008 07:18 AM
I have been using Stylus Studio to convert EDIFACT messages into XML. I open the file using the converter (converter:EDI:chr=REPLACE:invalid=TAB) and then apply an XSL transform to give me a resulting XML file I can import into my database.

All has been working well, but now I have just bought the DataDirect XML converters for dot.net to automate the process.

If I take the same EDIFACT EDI file that works in Stylus Studio and apply the following code:

factory = New ConverterFactory()
toXml = factory.CreateConvertToXml("converter:EDI:chr=REPLACE:invalid=TAB")
toXml.Convert(New UriSource(FileName), New UriResult(XMLFileName))

When I then try to use the resulting XML file as the source from my XSL in Stylus Studio, I get the following message:

Error Reported by XML Parser: Document Root Element is Missing

When I jump to location, it is the first line of the file, which is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

I believe there is a rogue character at the end of the first line because if I delete this whitespace in stylus studio & recreate it (new line) then save and re-apply the XSL, then all works OK.

Any idea how I can resolve this?


Ivan PedruzziSubject: datadirect coverter result differs from Stylus Studio
Author: Ivan Pedruzzi
Date: 01 Aug 2008 03:05 PM

Hi Jon,

Could you please send us a sample of your EDIFACT at

Ivan Pedruzzi
Stylus Studio Team

Jon RobertsSubject: datadirect coverter result differs from Stylus Studio
Author: Jon Roberts
Date: 02 Aug 2008 05:27 AM
Hi Ivan,

Since posting this message, I have been able to raise a support query with DataDirect. I am happy to send you full details of the error too, if you'd like to see it - otherwise I'll post back as & when I get an answer from them.


Jon RobertsSubject: datadirect coverter result differs from Stylus Studio
Author: Jon Roberts
Date: 06 Aug 2008 04:29 AM
Problem solved. Here's advice from DataDirect Support:

What's probably happening is that the extra white space that the .Net serializer is emitting is getting included in the value of the elements.

There are two solutions:

1. [Harder] Change all of the [x = 'y'] predicates to be something like [normalize-space(x) = 'y'].

2. [Easier] Add decode=no and field=no to the EDI URI specification.
These will turn off the addition of comments in the EDI, and as a side-effect will suppress indentation. This will make the EDI smaller also and will speed up the transform.

I solved problem by changeing coverter to:

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