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Re: [xml-dev] XSLT Stylesheet test for special character


( 4 ) <xsl:value-of select="ns:strong"/>

does not do anything, except dumping the text content of ns:strong into the output. If you want to use that value, you have to set a variable with that, like :
<xsl:variable name="value" select="ns:strong/text()"/>

Try that with a XSLT debugger, see what you have in that variable, and then you can try something like :

<xsl:when test="contains($value, 'Firstname:')">

Be aware that if you do text() when current node is <ns:p> (you previously did <xsl:for-each select="/ns:html/ns:body/ns:div[@id='content']/ns:p">), you obtain the concatenation of recursively applying text() on all the children node of <ns:p> so you will have white spaces, content of markup <a>, etc...

Use a debugger ! (Oxygen has a great one)


2009/1/22 Jack Bush <netbeansfan@yahoo.com.au>
Hi Bjoern,


Neither did string(.) = 'Firstname:' or  text() = 'Firstname:' work hence it branched to the otherwise option instead.

Thanks for trying anyway,



From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
To: Jack Bush <netbeansfan@yahoo.com.au>
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Sent: Wednesday, 21 January, 2009 1:31:09 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] XSLT Stylesheet test for special character

* Jack Bush wrote:

>( 4 ) <xsl:value-of select="ns:strong"/>
>( 5 ) <xsl:choose>
>( 6 ) <xsl:when test="Firstname:">

>The error message has something like: Invalid QName on line 6 of stylesheet......

Your test looks for a <Firstname:> child element, which cannot exist.
You have to compare the string value of the strong element to the string
'Firstname:', e.g. using

  string(.) = 'Firstname:'


  text() = 'Firstname:'

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