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Subject: Re: Problem: XSLT, attribute value, Unicode supplementary characters
From: Syd Bauman <Syd_Bauman@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 03:29:02 -0400
Re:  Problem: XSLT
I'm afraid I can't help, other than to verify that there seems to be
no problem running
 1. OS X 10.5.8
 2. Saxon-HE
using the XML input and XSLT you provided (except providing an XML
declaration that stated encoding=UTF-8 and changing "pleft/text/case"
to "/case" :-) I used XSLT 2.0.

The output has U+1041C, U+10430, and U+1043B for both the value-of
the attr and the value-of the content.

> I've got a problem with XSLT transformation of attribute values
> consisting of Unicode supplementary characters.
> Background:
> 1.  OS X  10.6.3
> 2.  saxonhe9-2-0-6j
> 3.  The task:  transforming an XML document into XeTeX (specifying
<xsl:output method="text" encoding="UTF-8"/> )
> 4.  The XML document is well-formed and also validates against a Relax NG
> 5.  The XML document is designated as <?xml version="1.0"
> 6.  The locale of the operating system is UTF-8
> Typical Data:
> XML: <case
> correctda="pp0p;">pp0p;</case>
> The value of the attribute named correctda is here a short string
> of three Deseret Alphabet letters, from the Unicode supplementary
> area.
> Matching XSLT template:
> <xsl:template match="pleft/text/case">{\da <xsl:value-of
> select="@correctda"/>\endnote{\rom Case correction: {\da
> <xsl:value-of select="."/>} $\rightarrow$ {\da <xsl:value-of
> select="@correctda"/>}}}</xsl:template>
> Behavior:
> 1. The key problem is the output of the attribute value, via
> <xsl:value-of select="@correctda"/>. Instead of outputting the
> value pp0p;, as expected, the output is
> instead a long string of unrelated Deseret Alphabet characters.
> It's as if the value-of function is being confused by the Unicode
> supplementary characters.
> 2. This XSLT script was working a couple of months ago. Since then,
> I did upgrade to OS X 10.6 (Snowleopard), and in trying to fix the
> current problem, I upgraded to saxonhe9-2-0-6j as well. The problem
> persists.
> Question:
> Does anyone know what's happening and how I can fix it? Has
> something changed in the handling of Unicode supplementary
> characters?

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