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Re: [XSL-FO] Tag problems

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  • John E. Simpson
    ... Yes, that s the correct namespace declaration. (However, you seem to be transforming to (X)HTML rather than to XSL-FO. If that s the case, the message
    Message 1 of 2 , May 13, 2001
      At 01:59 PM 05/13/2001 +0000, evans_marc@... wrote:
      ><?xml version="1.0"?>
      ><xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
      >----other stuff------
      ><xsl:attribute name="src">
      ><xsl:value-of select="Column[0]/ColumnScaleValue"/>
      >----other stuff------
      >Am I using the correct name space? I'm using IE5.50 if this helps.

      Yes, that's the correct namespace declaration. (However, you seem to be
      transforming to (X)HTML rather than to XSL-FO. If that's the case, the
      message should probably have gone to either XSL-List or XHTML-L. Be that as
      it may....)

      There are two possible problems with the XSLT fragment you posted. In
      descending order of likelihood (I think):

      (1) The select attribute to that xsl:value-of element says (in English) to
      transfer to the result tree the ColumnScaleValue child of a Column child of
      the context node, as long as that Column child is in position #0 among
      *all* Column children of the context node. I'm having a difficult time
      imagining the 0th child of a context node, and I'll bet IE5.5 is, too.
      :) Positions (such as used in the [0] predicate in your example) are not
      0-based; they start with 1 and go up to the value returned by the last()
      function at that point. You probably want [1] instead.

      (2) IE5.5 has in the past had problems with newlines embedded in attribute
      values. In your sample code, the content of the xsl:attribute element
      consists of a newline (immediately following the start tag), followed by
      the value of the xsl:value-of element, followed by a newline (preceding the
      end tag). Try getting rid of the newlines.

      Assuming that my assumption in (1) is correct -- that you want the first
      child, not the 0th (which doesn't exist) -- then I think you've got a
      couple choices.

      First, you can turn the xsl:attribute element into an *empty* element with
      a select attribute of its own. Thus:

      <xsl:attribute name="src"

      Or you can avoid using xsl:attribute altogether, using instead an attribute
      value template (AVT) in the <IMG...> start tag. Thus:

      <IMG src="{Column[1]/ColumnScaleValue}" />

      Note that those are curly braces within the value of the src attribute;
      they're what makes it an AVT. You can use an AVT in the value of any
      result-tree attribute, which obviates the need to use the xsl:attribute
      element in such cases (except where you must compute the the attribute's

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