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From Brian Agnew <>
Subject Re: Removing Comments During Build
Date Sat, 11 Jun 2005 11:31:23 GMT
If your pages are valid XML (e.g. XHTML) then you can use xmltask to bin 
comments simply using:

<remove path="//child::comment()"/>


Tom Frantz wrote:

>I want to be able to have comments in my code for JSP, HTML, JavaScript, ect., but I don't
want those comments to show up on the user's browser when they use "View Source".
>I recently found out (the hard way) that excessive use of comments ends up slowing the
response time for the pages. Our web and app servers are in Pittsburgh but our users are in
>I want the comments to remain with the source code, but I want them removed when I build
and deploy the application.
>We use Ant to build so I'm thinking there might be a way to do this using Ant tasks.
>Just wondering how others are handling something like this.

Brian Agnew        
OOPS Consultancy Ltd         brian @
Tel: +44 (0)7720 397526
Fax: +44 (0)20 8682 0012

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