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Subject: Re: Asymmetric string handling with processing-instructions
From: "Michael Mueller-Hillebrand michael.mueller-hillebrand@xxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2023 06:25:39 -0000
Re:  Asymmetric string handling with  processing-instru
Thanks a lot for your feedback and thoughts, Martin,

Special thanks for reminding me that a simple string can be treated/parsed as
XML and there is no need for an element to use parse-xml-fragment().

When creating the text content of a processing instruction we have to decide
which quotes to use around the pseudo attribute value and therefore handle
this quote different in the content. We plan to use apostrophe and therefore
would use &#39; for single quotes in content. We already do this in Java
elsewhere and will use the same method in XSLT.

Best regards,.
- Michael

From: Martin Honnen martin.honnen@xxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2023 6:09 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re:  Asymmetric string handling with processing-instructions

On 14.09.2023 17:27, Martin Honnen
martin.honnen@xxxxxx<mailto:martin.honnen@xxxxxx> wrote:

On 14.09.2023 16:05, Michael Mueller-Hillebrand
.de> wrote:
My bottom line: If you want to use saxon:get-pseudo-attribute(), because it is
elegant and efficient, and it could be possible you have user content in
processing instruction, you have two additional tasks:
* When using xsl:processing-instruction or other ways to create processing
instructions, make sure to escape the five XML characters
* When accessing PI string values without saxon:get-pseudo-attribute, add an
unescaping routine to avoid double escaped content.

How do you deal with this asymmetry?

For the escaping in your sample, one way to ensure the ampersand is escaped
could be

    <xsl:template match="p">

        <xsl:processing-instruction name="my" select="'value=&quot;' ||
string() => serialize(map { 'method' : 'xml' }) || '&quot;'"/>


Should also work for the less than sign but probably not for double quotes.

For the string value using `parse-xml-fragment` should help e.g.

   <xsl:template match="processing-instruction(my)">


            <xsl:text>String: </xsl:text>

            <xsl:value-of select="string(.) => parse-xml-fragment()"/>



<p>String: value="Marks &amp; Spencer PI"</p>
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