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   How to put msxml to immediate use

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  • From: Andrew Bunner <bunner@massquantities.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 03 Sep 1998 10:49:51 -0700

  If you're a web author, you've probably already played with msxsl and
seen some neat possibilities. One thing that prevents msxsl from being a
being a valuable tool is the fact that it doesn't expand ENTITY references.

  It's my belief that anyone with a Java development environment could fix
this in an hour (or less).

  Wouldn't it be handy to do something like this...

jview msxml -d lots_of_entities.xml > temp.xml
msxls -i temp.xml -s style.xsl -o final_output.html

  If anyone with VJ++ (or something like it) wants to do the web authoring
community a favor, change the way msxml behaves to print the entity itself
rather than the reference when it's run with the -d option.

  Very brief example...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE body SYSTEM "ExternalDTD.dtd" >
	<greeting>This is a &foo; &bar; </greeting> 

<!ELEMENT body (greeting)>
<!ENTITY foo 'bar'>
<!ENTITY big SYSTEM 'bar.xml'>
<!ELEMENT greeting	(#PCDATA) >

Hello World!

  Would anyone be willing to modify msxml to output...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE body SYSTEM "ExternalDTD.dtd" >
	<greeting>This is a bar Hello World! </greeting> 

  ...instead of...

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE body SYSTEM "ExternalDTD.dtd" >
	<greeting>This is a &foo; &bar; </greeting> 

  ...which it does now?

  I've done my reading and researched this and I haven't found any set of
tools that will take map (.xml, .xsl) -> .html

  Any help, thoughts or .class files would be greatly appreciated ;)

-- Andrew

   Andrew Bunner
   President, Founder Mass Quantities, Inc.
   Professional Supplements for the Perfect Physique

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