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Re: [xml-dev] XML to "HTML"

This is awsoeme ! I didnt think it would be this easy.
I had tried it in my own program and it didnt work (now I need to investigate why, probably overriding the serializer settings)
But if I try it in Stylus Studio it works.
Now I'm going to try to see if I can do this just with mucking with the serializer.
Thank you !

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<img src=""foo.jpg"/>

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="2.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
    <xsl:output method="html" version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" indent="yes"/>
    <xsl:template match="/">
        <xsl:copy-of select="."/>

    <img src=""foo.jpg">

David A. Lee

Michael Kay wrote:
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Can't quite see what the problem is. The standard HTML output method in XSLT
should work just fine. It should also be easy enough to use the serializer
from an XSLT engine without actually needing to do a transformation - but
the details depend on your platform.


Michael Kay

-----Original Message-----
From: David A. Lee [mailto:dlee@calldei.com] 
Sent: 23 November 2009 13:05
To: XML Developers List
Subject: [xml-dev] XML to "HTML"

I'm faced with the 'interesting' request of the web team to 
produce HTML not XHTML.

The request came to encode empty elements like  <BR/> as <BR> 
 (and <HR/> as <HR>) The rationale is that they are trying 
for maximum browser compatibility and CSS style capabilities.

Although they could not actually point to an actual current 
case where using XTHML syntax breaks things, nonetheless they 
are insisting on not using it, "just in case" , "for 
maximimal conformity".

They also requested that if I use a tag that takes bodies but 
the body is empty to not write it as <tag/> Example
    <P/>  should be written as <P></P>  ....  although I 
think I can waffle on this one.

So I'm tasked now with having to convert reasonably good HTML 
into 'perfect' HTML mainly fixing up these empty tags.

Any suggestions ? The proposal from the web team was "Just 
use perl to do regex replacements" ... Ug.
I'm not going to use perl.   But I might resort to the equivlent of 
using Java regex replacements on the final output phase.
But maybe there is a 'better' way to do this ?   I'm not 
enough familiar 
with XSLT to know but it does have an "html" mode ... will it 
do this kind of thing ?
I'm hoping I don't need to write my own serializer and have 
to actcually
*parse* the 'HTML' to generate these reqirements ... so maybe 
a regex is the best fit ?
I'd love to run it through a trivial xquery or xslt filter in 
"make the web team happy" mode ...

Other suggestions welcome.

David A. Lee


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