XSL to XML - How do i do this?


This is my xml file:

<HarperCollins> <BookComingSoon> <BookDescription> After a family tragedy... <NewParagraph/> Holden Cameron was addicted... <NewParagraph/> When equipment, treasure... </BookDescription> <BookComingSoon> </HarperCollins>

and I must change it with XML to look like this(the BookDescription part):


Example text example text example text, woo!

More example text. Amazing!


how do i do this with XSL(1.0)?

this is what i got so far:

<blurb> <xsl:for-each select="BookDescription">

<xsl:value-of select="."/>

</xsl:for-each> </blurb>


this is the full xml doc:

<?xml version="1.0"?> <HarperCollins> <BookComingSoon> <Book>Night Diver</Book> <By>Elizabeth Lowell</By> <Pages>368</Pages> <CoverImage>nd-el.jpg</CoverImage> <OnSale>4/8/2014</OnSale> <ForFansOf>Romance</ForFansOf> <ForFansOf>Suspense</ForFansOf> <BookDescription> After a family tragedy... <NewParagraph/> Holden Cameron... <NewParagraph/> When equipment, treasure... </BookDescription> </BookComingSoon> <BookComingSoon> <Book>Under a Silent Moon</Book> <By>Elizabeth Haynes</By> <Pages>352</Pages> <CoverImage>uasm-eh.jpg</CoverImage> <OnSale>4/15/2014</OnSale> <ForFansOf>Suspense</ForFansOf> <ForFansOf>Thriller</ForFansOf> <BookDescription> In the crisp, ... <NewParagraph /> As DCI Louisa Smith ... </BookDescription> </BookComingSoon> </HarperCollins>

The for-each I use is to do both the nodes.


Could go simpler. You can avoid the empty template by never matching the NewParagraph element in the first place.

<xsl:template match="/"> <blurb><xsl:apply-templates match="//BookDescription/text()" /></blurb> </xsl:template> <xsl:template match="BookDescription/text()">

<xsl:value-of select="."/>



For-each is totally overused :-) Try this:

<xsl:template match="BookComingSoon"> <blurb><xsl:apply-templates match="BookDescription" /></blurb> </xsl:template> <xsl:template match="BookDescription/text()">

<xsl:value-of select="."/>

</xsl:template> <xsl:template match="NewParagraph" />

The first one will kick the processing of the book description. The second pulls out all the text and surrounds it with

, and the last suppresses the unneeded element.


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