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Subject: Re: Filemaker XSL woes
From: Chad Chelius <cchelius@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 14:50:02 -0400
filemaker xsl
Thank you so much for your reply and for taking the time to write out the explanation on namespaces. This clears things up greatly. I added the namespace declaration to my XSLT and things are now working as expected.

On Jul 27, 2006, at 9:28 AM, cknell@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:

A namespace is indicated by the inclusion of the "xmlns=''" attribute. It's purpose is to distinguish elements from one another. For example, if there are two "Johns" in your school or office, you would customarily distinguish them by using a surname to qualify them. Thus you know that "John Smith" is different from "John Jones" because one is in the "Smith namespace" while the other is in the "Jones namespace".

Your sample xml has such an attribute:

Consequently, all nodes in the document are in the "http:// www.filemaker.com/fmpxmlresult" namespace.

The opening tag of an XSLT stylesheet usually looks like this:
<xsl:stylesheet version="2.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/ Transform">
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/ Transform">

This tells the processor that all element names prefixed with "xsl:" belong in the "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" namespace.

Because "http://www.filemaker.com/fmpxmlresult" is declared without a prefix, it is said to be an "anonymous namespace".

Your XSLT file has to make mention of this namespace and give it an alias for the stylesheet to "see" the nodes in the source document. You could do this by including a namespace declaration in the <xsl:stylesheet> opening tag similar to the xsl namespace declaration.

Unlike personal names in the English-speaking world where the "family namespace" appears after the given name, in the xml world, namspaces are indicated by a prefix and a colon.

What form that prefix takes is not material so long as it is within the bounds of namespace naming rules and isn't the same as any other prefix used in any of the documents involved in the transformation. There's nothing magical about the particular letters used in a prefix.

So, you might change your <xsl:stylesheet> opening tag to read like this:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"

Thereafter in your stylesheet, any time you want to access a node from the source document, you will prefix the name with "fmp:".

Thus a template to match the root element would read like this:

<xsl:template match="fmp:FMPXMLRESULT">

-- Charles Knell cknell@xxxxxxxxxx - email

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