[ANN] Kludgey workarounds for xt

Chris Maden crism at oreilly.com
Wed Sep 9 07:24:43 BST 1998

[Andrew Bunner]
>   Some of you may have already found that you can't include <,>,&,'
> or " in the element content of an XSL or XML document and expect it
> to make it to a generated HTML file without getting escaped to &lt;,
> etc.

The transformation part of XSL is intended to produce well-formed XML.

>   If anyone knows of a better (read: not-so-hacked-up) way to do
> this, I'd really like to hear about it.

There won't be one.  In XML, &quot; and " and equivalent.  This is
also true in HTML; if your browser doesn't accept x < 5 and x &lt; 5
as equivalent, then the browser is broken.  I appreciate that this is
not your fault and I sympathize, but if XSL attempts to include a
workaround for every existing HTML browser implementation, it will do
no one any good.  Please stop referring to this as an XSL hack-up
instead of a broken-browser workaround, and suggesting that XSL has
grossly overlooked something because of this problem.  Support for
pre-XML HTML was explicitly considered and rejected by the Working

-Chris, not speaking for the WG in any way
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