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Old August 24th, 2005, 08:06 AM
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Default Problem applying simple XSLT to XML to create CSV

I'm very new to XML/XSLT, and am having a problem converting an XML document to CSV format with an XSLT. The XML is (with blank lines added to make it more legible):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ArrayOfSearchResult xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://tempuri.org/">

<SourceCompany>Manning Ltd</SourceCompany>
<MiddleInitial />
<Address1>50 Minchon Place #33-00</Address1>
<PostCode>NE12 42E</PostCode>

<SourceCompany>Mica Ltd</SourceCompany>
<MiddleInitial />
<Address1>3 Portico Place</Address1>

<SourceCompany>Hansons Ltd</SourceCompany>
<MiddleInitial />
<Address1>5 Lyon Tce</Address1>
<PostCode />


and the XSLT (basically a modified document of an example I found on the web):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xslutput method="text"/>

<xsl:template match="/ArrayofSearchResult">
<xsl:apply-templates select="SearchResult"/>

<xsl:template match="SearchResult">
<xsl:for-each select="*">
<xsl:value-of select="."/>
<xsl:if test="position() != last()">


Using XMLSpy Home Ed., if I apply the XSLT to XML, I get all of the data in one long string, e.g:

111111XXXXXManning LtdMrJohnManning50 Minchon Place #33-00NE12 42E222222YYYYYMica LtdMrMikeSmythe3 Portico PlaceSW17333333ZZZZZHansons LtdMrChrisHanson5 Lyon Tce

whereas I'd like (including placeholders for missing data):

111111,XXXXX,Manning Ltd,Mr,John,,Manning,50 Minchon Place #33-00,NE12 42E
222222,YYYYY,Mica Ltd,Mr,Mike,,Smythe,3 Portico Place,SW17
333333,ZZZZZ,Hansons Ltd,Mr,Chris,,Hanson,5 Lyon Tce,

If I make mods to the XSLT (i.e. comment out lines to see if it makes a difference) I don't appear to get any change to the output.

Am I missing something obvious?

Many Thanks

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Well, it seems the issue wasn't the XSLT at all, but the
xmlns="http://tempuri.org/" attribute in the ArrayOfSearchResult element - once I removed this it was fine. Bizarre.

Old August 25th, 2005, 07:30 AM
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Not at all bizarre. Including a default namespace declaration such as xmlns="http://tempuri.org/" effectively changes the name of every element in your source document. A stylesheet that matches an <X> element in no namespace won't match an <X> element in the namespace http://tempuri.org/. To do that you need to write


<xsl:template match="t:X">

Similarly all references to names in path expressions have to specify the namespace.

Michael Kay
Author, XSLT Programmer's Reference and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference

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