[jdom-interest] Entity Ref

Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Sat Feb 22 09:54:09 PST 2003

At 11:23 AM -0600 2/22/03, Jason Long wrote:
>I have a csv file that is generated from a legacy system that I am
>converting to xml and then applying XSL to generate several views.  In the
>clients system some of the columns are abbreviated.  I figured that the
>easiest way was to just turn the abbreviation into an entity, add an
>external reference to a dtd which the client can edit if more abbreviations
>are added.  It works just as expected if I manually add in the entities, but
>I need to add these in at the time of conversion.  Is there a way to do this
>by applying XSL to the document?

Not really. You're confusing the lexical and syntactic layers of XML. 
XSLT won't act any differently whether the text is output with an 
entity reference or something else. I still don't quite follow what 
you're doing, but it sounds like you need to adjust your design a 
little so that you neither know or care whether  it's the entity 
reference or the actual text when processing.

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