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Re: Using a variable to get the value of an element

Subject: Re: Using a variable to get the value of an element
From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 00:27:06 +0000
get element by name value
Hi Ben,

> I need the value of an element, but the name of that element is
> stored in a variable - see below:

You either need an evaluate() extension function or, for this simple
case, you can use the pattern:

  *[name() = $variable]

Which locates all the elements whose name is the value of the
One thing you need to watch out for in your particular example is
whitespace. The $hello variable will contain a string that looks like:

  "&#xA;   officename1_en"

To avoid that whitespace, you either have to normalize the variable
before you compare it to the name of the element:

  *[name() = normalize-space($hello)]

or you need to create the $hello variable without the extraneous
whitespace, with:

  <xsl:variable name="hello">officename1_<xsl:value-of
  select="$PageLang /></xsl:variable>


  <xsl:variable name="hello">
    <xsl:value-of select="$PageLang" />


  <xsl:variable name="hello">
    <xsl:value-of select="concat('officename1_', $PageLang)" />



Jeni Tennison

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