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Re: Using XSL to delete fixed text in arbitrary elements

From: "Dimitre Novatchev [MVP XML]" <dnovatchev@-----.--->
Date: 2/17/2004 10:24:00 PM
"Fred Bartlett" <vepxistqaosani@n...> wrote in message
> Given this:
>   <a>..<b>..<b/><c>..</c>Stuff<d>..</d>..</a>
> and this:
>   <a>..<b>..<b/>Stuff<d>..</d>..</a>
> How can I delete 'Stuff' from both? 'Stuff' always appears in the
> content of <a> and before the tag <d>, but there's no way to tell
> which of several (approx 6, not just two) alternatives appears before
> 'Stuff'.
> Thanks,
> Fred

Both of the above are not well-formed xml documents.

Probably you meant:


instead of

>   <a>..<b>..<b/><c>..</c>Stuff<d>..</d>..</a>


>   <a>..<b>..</b>Stuff<d>..</d>..</a>

instead of

>   <a>..<b>..<b/>Stuff<d>..</d>..</a>

The wanted transformation is a simple override of the identity rule:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"

 <xsl:output omit-xml-declaration="yes"/>

  <xsl:template match="@* | node()">
      <xsl:apply-templates select="@* | node()"/>

  <xsl:template match="text()[.='Stuff'][following-sibling::*[self::d]]"/>


In the transformation above an empty rule is added (,which effectively
ignores or discards or "deletes" all matching nodes from the generated
output) matching a text node, whose value is the string 'Stuff' and whose
immediate following sibling is a "d" element.

The results for both xml source documents (corrected to be wellformed) are




Hope this helped.


Dimitre Novatchev [XML MVP],
FXSL developer, XML Insider, -- the home of FXSL


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