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more xsl ish.

by Rob Friesel

In brief: Overloaded at work again (so soon) is roughly equivalent to being unavailable for comment on much of anything. It felt great this weekend to blog a little about assorted things but guilt overwhelms when I think about what’s waiting for me 1st thing Monday a.m. *le sigh*

HOWEVER (comma) renewed efforts on the XSLT front have proven quite useful. Dev’d up a simple DTD for FAQs and the related XSL for transforms is awesome. Much more mature than the last experiment. Why so proud? Two words: CONDITIONAL LOGIC. The DTD allows for 2 types of answers to a given question: a one-part answer or a multi-part answer. Each is to be displayed differently. That being said — it would be silly to for-each a one-part answer and create a one-part <ol> … but for reasons of flow, it wouldn’t be helpful to simply bullet your way through a multi-part answer. (*ahem!* at least I don’t think so) Anyway. That being said, there was a bunch more work to do (now done) on it that was really key: Proper exploitation of <[CDATA[ … ]]> tags so that we can insert arbitrary HTML (for example). More to do on it for sure. Ultimately, don’t want to assume to much need for arbitrary HTML — but it was nice to sneak it in there. EXPERIMENT!

Back to work.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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