XML/XSL problems

Lars George lgeorge at gmx.net
Fri Oct 29 01:18:25 BST 1999

Thanks Barton,

That was it, 100% hit! I had the old URI pointing to the working draft. Boy
this can get really complicated. Thanks for pointing me towards the XSL
list. I will check it out right now.


Lars George
Woodgate Research Pty Ltd
Brisbane, Australia

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barton Stanley [mailto:barton.stanley at innovision.com]
> Sent: Friday, 29 October 1999 8:06
> To: Xml-Dev
> Cc: Lars George
> Subject: Re: XML/XSL problems
> Lars,
> If you are using the *printed* XML Bible, the problem may be that
> some of its examples have drifted out of date.  If you are using
> the most up-to-date versions of XT, etc, the stylesheets in the
> printed book may no longer work as advertised.  This is an
> educated guess on my part.  I have not used the printed XML
> Bible.  I have however seen the behavior that you describe and I
> was able to fix it.
> The most important thing to check is the value of the 'xmlns:xsl'
> attribute in the 'xsl:stylesheet element'.  This attribute should
> have a value of "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" if your
> stylesheet is to work with the most up-to-date XSLT processors.
> If it has any other value, you will likely get the behavior that
> you describe.
> Try changing the value of this attribute and running the
> processor again.  You should not get the same behavior.
> You may get errors, however.  This is because other things in
> XSLT may have changed as well.  You might try checking the
> on-line version of Chapter 14 of the XML Bible at:

This is up-to-date with the October 8 draft.  This may help you sort out
other errors you might get.

IE5's XSLT implementation is *very* out of date, so it (paradoxically) works
with your stylesheets.

One more thing: I suggest that you post subsequent queries about XSL to
xsl-list.  You can subscribe to it at


There are lots of folks there who can help. Plus, you will generally get a
quicker response to XSL queries there because it is a list dedicated to XSL.



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