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Summary of results. Re: XSL Limitation? Is this possible?

Subject: Summary of results. Re: XSL Limitation? Is this possible?
From: Nicolas Pottier <nic@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 13:01:22 -0700
hill sentence
Thanks to everyone who mailed me solutions to my problem.  My confusion
was mainly caused by IE5 not defining some standard templates by
default, and once someone pointed these out things made more sense.

Here is the solution I settled for in the end, along with what I've come
to understand as how IE5 parses these templates.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xsl">

  <xsl:template match="/">
    <HTML><BODY>
      <xsl:apply-templates select="PARAGRAPH/SENTENCE"/>
    </BODY></HTML>
  </xsl:template>

  <!-- Start of default XSL templates which IE should include but doesnt
-->

  <xsl:template match="text()">
    <xsl:value-of/>
  </xsl:template>

  <xsl:template match="*">
    <xsl:apply-templates/>
  </xsl:template>

  <!-- End of default XSL templates which IE should include but doesnt
-->

  <xsl:template match="SUBJECT|VERB">
    <B><xsl:apply-templates/></B>
  </xsl:template>

</xsl:stylesheet>

Now with some experimentation I've come to the following sequence of how
IE is doing the conversion.

1) It gets to a node, and if that node has text, then tries to find a
template which matches it.  It does this in reverse order of the
declaration of the templates, ie the last template which matches is the
one that is applied.

2) It now grabs the first child node, and tries to find a template which
matches it.  Again, it does this in reverse order of the declaration of
the templates (the last declared matching template is used).

	3) If that child has an <xsl:apply-templates/>, then it goes to (1) for 
	that child, finding text templates and child node appropriatly.

4) After each child node, it again sees if there is any text, if so,
then again it finds the last matching template and applies it.

Does this sound reasonable to people, or have I created a model which
matches my observations but is completely off.   The strange thing is
that text() template matching seems to be a completely seperate process
as the normal child node matching.  Also, are the default XSL templates
which I declared in the above example correct?  (at least according to
the current understanding of the XSL spec?)

Thanks to everyone who mailed me a solution, I'm getting there with this
XSL thing, slowly but surely.

-Nic

> On Friday, May 14, 1999 12:02 PM, Nicolas Pottier [SMTP:nic@xxxxxxxxxx] wrote:
> >
> > Hello everybody..
> >
> > I'm currently learning XSL, mostly using IE5 as my current platform, and
> > have run into the following problem, which I have yet to figure out.
> >
> > Let's take this data.
> >
> > <PARAGRAPH>
> > <SENTENCE>Grumpy <SUBJECT>Jack</SUBJECT> <VERB>went</VERB> up the
> > hill.</SENTENCE>
> > </PARAGRAPH>
> >
> > Is it possible to use XSL to convert that data into the following?
> >
> > <HTML>
> > <BODY>
> > Grumpy <B>Jack</B> <B>went</B> up the hill.
> > </BODY>
> > </HTML>
> >
> > As far as I've figured out, it doesn't seem possible, the main problem
> > being that text is being mixed with other elements, and I'm unable to
> > separate them out when parsing it.
> >
> > We've been racking our brain on this one for a little while and can't
> > seem to figure it out.
> >
> > Anybody have any ideas?  This is something that is so simple in CSS, but
> > seems impossible in XSL.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > -Nic
> >
> > PS. I apologize if this has been covered before, I tried looking through
> > the archives but couldn't find anything relevant. (though I did find
> > some useful examples out there)
> >
> >
> >  XSL-List info and archive:  http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
> 
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