XML Document to ascii text file

Robert C. Lyons boblyons at unidex.com
Wed Jun 9 14:37:10 BST 1999

Didier wrote:
	"Can you explain how with just a simple example. ...
	 How would you transform this XML document above into a plain asci text? 
	 Can you show it with a XSL script?"


Oops. I sent that last message too soon.

See below for an example of an XSLT stylesheet that converts an XML document
into a plain ASCII text file. The XML document is not the same as yours,
but it's fairly simple.

Here's the XML document:

<?xml version='1.0' ?>
        <full_name>Nancy Magill</full_name>
        <email_address>lil.magill at blackmountainhills.com</email_address>
        <phone_number>(100) 555-9328</phone_number>
        <email_address>molly.jones at oblada.com</email_address>
        <full_name>Molly Jones</full_name>
        <phone_number>(200) 555-3249</phone_number>
        <full_name>Penny Lane</full_name>
        <email_address>plane at bluesuburbanskies.com</email_address>

Here's the XSLT stylesheet that converts the XML document into
an ASCII text file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    indent-result="no" default-space="strip">

    <xsl:template match="/contacts/contact">
        <xsl:apply-templates select="full_name"/>
        <xsl:apply-templates select="email_address"/>
        <xsl:apply-templates select="phone_number"/>

    <xsl:template match="full_name">
        <xsl:value-of select="."/>

    <xsl:template match="email_address">
        <xsl:value-of select="."/>

    <xsl:template match="phone_number">
        <xsl:value-of select="."/>


Here is the ASCII text file that is produced by the XSLT processor:

name=Nancy Magill
email=lil.magill at blackmountainhills.com
phone=(100) 555-9328
email=molly.jones at oblada.com
name=Molly Jones
phone=(200) 555-3249
name=Penny Lane
email=plane at bluesuburbanskies.com

Hope this helps.


Bob Lyons
EC Consultant
Unidex Inc.
boblyons at unidex.com


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