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From "Christian Kurz" <>
Subject Re: ServerPageAction: XMLFragment reuse in XSL transformer
Date Fri, 18 Oct 2002 06:42:00 GMT
Thank you very much for the quick feed-back! The idea sounds great and is a lot cleaner, than
fiddling something in some XSL extension.

I am not sure about the cachaebility: the XMLFragment specifying, which nodes to filter from
the big input document, changes everytime, so Cocoon would need to parse the source file on
every request (, if my understanding is right).

If I'd slidely change your approach to implementing the same approach into a transformer component.
This transformer component will not be cacheable, but at least the generator in front of it
would be.

Thanks again,

BTW, thanks also for the code snippet. It helps a lot, as soon as it comes to thinks like
the ObjectModel, I start feeling uncomfortable.

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Hunsberger, Peter 
  To: '' 
  Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 6:46 PM
  Subject: RE: ServerPageAction: XMLFragment reuse in XSL transformer

  There's probably about half a dozen ways to do this.  Perhaps one of the simplest is just
to create your own caching generator and use aggregation (with any other XML you may need)
in the pipeline.

  In the generator you'll need to implement the setup method to see the objectModel, something
like the following:

  private gunk mySessionData = null;

  public void setup( SourceResolver resolver, Map objectModel, String src, Parameters parms
        throws ProcessingException,  SAXException,   IOException
       if (mySessionData == null ) {
            super.setup( resolver, objectModel, src, parms );
            Request request = (Request)ObjectModelHelper.getRequest(objectModel);
            Session session = request.getSession(false);
            if (session != null)  {
              // save a pointer to your session data for use in the generate method
              mySessionData = ....

  Now in your generate method just pick up whatever data hangs off of "mySessionData" and
away you go

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Christian Kurz []
  Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 11:26 AM
  Subject: ServerPageAction: XMLFragment reuse in XSL transformer

  Hello cocoon-users,

    I need to generate some tiny XML elements (XMLFragment) within a ServerPageAction and
I would like to use this XMLFragment later on in an XSL transformer, that is fed by an xml
generator. The XMLFragment captured in the ServerPageAction is basically saying, which nodes
are to be returned from the big input document.

    From some other message in this group I have understood, that passing objects is only
possible through session or request objects, but not through sitemap variables. I don't like
to use a request generator as the starting point of the pipeline, as I'd loose cacheability
at a very early step in the pipeline. With a quite big xml input document, this does not seem
a good idea to me.

    So I am currently struggling how to get a piece of XML, that is attached to a session
or request object, into the xsl transformer. Has anybody tried this before e.g. using an XSL

    Any help or hints appreciated!

    Thank you in advance,

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