Thursday, 24 October 2013

XSLT: Quotation marks and apostrophes

XSLT 1 - Single quotes and apostrophes

An intriguing issue came up when trying to remove an apostrophe from a text string using XSLT 1. After a little research I found this method of getting around it:

It was a simple case of transposing the double quotes and single quotes in the element and function

<xsl:value-of select='translate($textstring, "&apos;", "_")'/>

This worked for both Saxon6 and MS transformation engines

XSLT 1 - Double quotes

For double quotes use:

<xsl:value-of select="translate(regex-group(2),'&quot;', '')"/>

XSLT 2 - Single quotes and apostrophes

When using XSLT 2 the same result can be achieved using:

<xsl:value-of select="translate($textstring, '''', '_')"/>


<xsl:value-of select="replace($textstring, '''', '_')"/>

XSLT 2 - Double quotes

A similar mechanism can be used with XSLT for double quotes, either:

<xsl:value-of select='translate($textstring, """", "_")'/>


<xsl:value-of select='replace($textstring, """", "_")'/>


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  3. Sorry to remove my previous two posts, but the code got deleted from both posts. What I wanted to say is that to delete both ' and " in a single string delimited by single quotation marks, I used '' to match the single quotation mark and \&quote; to match the double quotation mark. I am using the Saxon v9.7.0.11 XSLT v2.0 processor.