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From "Scott Warren" <>
Subject Re: Extract Document
Date Thu, 03 Aug 2006 04:36:35 GMT
Thanks for the response. I later found out it was because I didn't have the
right namespace in my XSL so therefore the evaluate function fails. I have
fixed this. I was surprised that there was not a transformer that would take
an xpath parameter and simply return the required fragment. I thought I was
missing something.


Scott Warren

On 8/3/06, Jason Johnston <> wrote:
> Scott Warren wrote:
> > Can anyone give me a tip on the best way to extract a fragment of a
> > document using xpath? The Fragment Extractor Transformer doesn't seem
> > to do the job. Not that the documentation says much about what it
> > does. I have tried an XSL using the EXSLT dyn:evaluate function but
> > this fails. Note the xpath will come from parameters passed to the
> > pipeline.
> In what way does dyn:evaluate fail?  I do think that may be the shortest
> path to what you're wanting.
> I looked through the core components shipped with Cocoon and didn't see
> any that would evaluate an XPath out of the box.  XSLT would be ideal,
> except for the fact that you want to pass in the XPath as a parameter,
> so as you obviously realized the difficulty comes when trying to
> evaluate the passed-in string parameter as an XPath expression to select
> a nodeset.  This is exactly what dyn:evaluate is intended for so I think
> you're on the right track.
> OK, I just gave it a quick try and the following XSLT worked just fine:
> <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
>                  xmlns:xsl=""
>                  xmlns:dyn=""
>                  extension-element-prefixes="dyn">
>    <xsl:param name="xpath" />
>    <xsl:template match="/">
>      <xsl:copy-of select="dyn:evaluate($xpath)" />
>    </xsl:template>
> </xsl:stylesheet>
> ...
> <map:transform src="extract.xsl">
>    <map:parameter name="xpath" value="/my/xpath/expression" />
> </map:transform>
> If your xpath will return more than one node then you should wrap it in
> a single parent element to maintain a valid XML document.
> Let us know if you still have problems.
> --Jason
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