Setting a Text Value

You can set text values for target structure elements and attributes. You might want to do this if you are composing a mapping whose target structure contains an element or attribute that requires a fixed value, instead of using a value gathered from an input XML document.


Here is the XSLT code Stylus Studio generates for the Title element when a text value is specified for it:

	<Title>Confederacy of Dunces</Title>


Stylus Studio displays a red letter T for nodes for which you define a text value:

Figure 248. Symbols for Nodes With Text Values

There are two ways to set a text value:

  • On the mapper canvas
  • On the target node

How to Set a Text Value on the Mapper Canvas

To set a text value on the mapper canvas:
1. Right-click on the mapper canvas.

The shortcut menu appears.

2. Select Text Block from the shortcut menu.

The text block appears on the mapper.

Figure 249. Text Block

Double-click the text block to display the Value dialog box.

Figure 250. Value Dialog Box



You can also display the Value dialog box by selecting Properties from the text block shortcut menu (right click).

3. Type a value and click OK.
4. Drag a link from the text block's output port to the target node to which you want to assign the text value.



Unless the text block is linked to another block (such as a logical operator or an XPath function), Stylus Studio removes it from the mapper canvas if you leave and then return to the Mapper tab. In this case, a red T is displayed next to the target node's name.

How to Set a Text Value on the Target Node

To set a text value on a target node:
1. Right-click the node for which you want to set the text value.

The shortcut menu appears.

2. Select Set Text Value from the shortcut menu.

The Value dialog box appears.

Figure 251. Value Dialog Box

3. Type the string you want to use as the text value and click OK.
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