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From "Chris Greenlee" <>
Subject RE: Generating build files with XSLT
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2001 15:10:06 GMT

You could always enclose the ${name} in an <xsl:text/> block, like this:

<!ENTITY ds "#x0024;">
<!ENTITY ob "#x007B;">
<!ENTITY cb "#x007D;">

<!-- snip -->

<xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes">&ds;&ob;</xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="my-property-name"/>
<xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes">&cb;</xsl:text>

Does that help?

Chris Greenlee

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Carver []
> Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 4:21 AM
> To:
> Subject: Generating build files with XSLT
> There has been some discussion here about generating build 
> files with XSLT, so I tried it yesterday.  
> I came up against a problem which seems to be the result of 
> an ANT design decision and I wonder 
> if anyone has worked round it.
> My need is to maintain a central, large, "template" build 
> file with various subsitutions in it, and generate 
> a specific build file for each new project or to update the 
> build file of all the existing projects when the 
> template changes.  This seemed an ideal use for XSLT - I 
> could specify the project as a simple XML 
> defintion, and the XSLT style process would merge the 
> template and any extension specified in the 
> project file.
> Unfortunately, Ant uses ${name} to refer to properties, and 
> {name} is reserved XSLT syntax.  When I ran
> my XSLT process the resulting build file was full of just 
> "$", which made no sense to Ant.
> Any suggestions?

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