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From Stephen Elson-Education <>
Subject RE: Empty attributes
Date Fri, 23 Jun 2000 09:59:01 GMT
Thanks John,

> If I have the following in my stylesheet:
> <IMG SRC="/furniture/tiny.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" ALT=""/>
> or:
> <IMG SRC="/furniture/tiny.gif" WIDTH="3" HEIGHT="1"><xsl:attribute
> name="alt"/></IMG>
> it produces the following output:
> <IMG height="1" src="/furniture/tiny.gif" width="3" alt>

John suggests:
> ...using <xsl_text> in the xsl to preserve whitespace.

however, this is not a whitespace issue.  The important point is that I want
to keep the value of alt as null, not to strip its value altogether. Try and

>	<IMG alt height="1" src="/furniture/tiny.gif" width="1"> 
through any HTML validator, and you will see whether its good HTML or not.

If Cocoon routinely strips null values, I would classify this as a glaring
>BUG<.  This issue seems to have been ignored for some time now, but I would
say that it needs addressing urgently.  
If I specify a value as null, then I do not want Cocoon going over my head
and changing it for no good reason.

Also, anybody have any idea why the following:

<MAP NAME="navbar">
<AREA SHAPE= .../>
<AREA SHAPE= .../>
<AREA SHAPE= .../>
<AREA SHAPE= .../>

is stripped of the closing MAP tag when rendered as html, making it useless
in Netscape, any ideas anyone?  

Steve Elson

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