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From "Peter Danielsen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AXIS2-2749) Improved codegen XSLTIncludeResolver support for <xsl:include>
Date Thu, 21 Jun 2007 02:52:25 GMT


Peter Danielsen commented on AXIS2-2749:


I don't want to change how the databindsupporter works, but I would like to also be able to
use <xsl:include> in the traditional way where the href just refers directly to a location
that can be found with getResourceAsStream.  This issue is about making it easier to reuse
code among template files.  

In the development of my templates, there were several places where I needed to do the same
thing.  An example is generating a method signature.  It should be the same in the interface
and in the implementation.  I could have copied and pasted that code.  Or, I could have created
a named template and called it from each place, but I needed to use it in different template
files.  To do that would have required me to copy the named template into each file, which
would be time-consuming to fix if a bug was discovered. I'd rather just put that common template
in a one file that could be included by the other files.  If a bug is found with that code,
I only need to update one place.

In my case, I put the common template in a new file at     

Without the patch, I'd have to write some Java code to modify the CodeGenConfiguration object
to create a property and set its value as the path to the file, and then modify each template
to add an <xsl:include> whose href attribute is that property name.

With the patch, I can just include that file with
  <xsl:include href="/com/foo/axis2/wsdl/template/java/InterfaceMethodSignature.xsl" />

and not have to write any Java code.

Regarding your question about affecting existing template processing system, I don't believe
it will break it.  The only issue would be if a template is modified and an href is given
an incorrect value.  When that occurs a TransformerException is thrown with the message id
"resolver.templateNotFound". I saw that message appear in the console output in my test runs.
 In the patch, I have a "TODO" in the "catch" of that exception because I didn't think there
was anything further to do given that the message appeared in the console output.  What do
you think should be done?

Once this patch is in place, there's an opportunity to take advantage of this feature to reduce
the size of the existing templates by factoring out duplicate code to common files that they
could include.


> Improved codegen XSLTIncludeResolver support for <xsl:include>
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AXIS2-2749
>                 URL:
>             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: codegen
>            Reporter: Peter Danielsen
>            Assignee: Amila Chinthaka Suriarachchi
>         Attachments:, XSLTIncludeResolver.patch.txt,, XSLTIncludeResolverTestTemplate.xsl
> I've been trying to create my own Axis2 codegen XSLT templates and would like to factor
out some common templates to a separate file that can be included by others.  An example is
a template that generates a method signature.  It would be included in a template that generates
an interface and in one that generates an implementation class.
> The current URI resolver used by the AxisServiceBasedMultiLanguageEmitter, XSLTIncludeResolver,
requires the value of an <xsl:include>'s href attribute to be a property that's in its
CodeGenConfiguration object. It looks like the only way to set the property is to write code.
It would be preferable refer to it directly in a template by setting the href to a value that
can be resolved by XSLTIncludeResolver using getResourceAsStream.  Such a change to XSLTIncludeResolver
will enable easier maintenance of the existing templates, once refactored, and easier development
of new templates since there won't be multiple copies of the same code to update when something

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