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Tuesday 23 May 2006 XSLT Scrapbook: The default is probably not what you want

The empty stylesheet almost certainly does the wrong thing.

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="1.0">

</xsl:stylesheet>

The default processing is equivalent to

<xsl:template match="*">
  <xsl:apply-templates/>
</xsl:template>

<xsl:template match="text()">
  <xsl:value-of select="."/>
</xsl:template>

All the text gets dumped out and everything else is lost. When starting a new stylesheet, you probably want to start by passing through everything or suppressing everything. You almost certainly do not want the default behaviour.


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