Endtag attributes

Arthur Rother arthur.rother at ovidius.com
Thu Nov 12 19:41:33 GMT 1998

Isn't there a much simpler solution, with which
you can avoid end tag attributes with just
one pass over the input document.

The way to go is maybe using dynamical generated entities.

When creating the output stream, generate a header like:

<!DOCTYPE whatever PUBLIC "whoever"
<!ENTITY % attrdecl SYSTEM "attrdecl.ent">

Then, for each element needing an endtag attribute 'attr', do
for each starttag encountered

<elem attr="&elem_2_3_4_attr" ... >

Last thing, for each endtag encountered, corresponding to the
starttag found, do:
(pseudo c command)

writeto("attrdecl.ent","<!ENTITY elem_2_3_4_attr \"value\">\n");

where value is the value, you originally wanted to assign to the endtag
The entity for the attribute name has to be unique ofcourse. This is
achieved by using some kind of a tumbler id in the entity name. One could
ofcourse also use a running counter.

In the next processor, the entities are resolved.


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