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XSLT by Doug Tidwell

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Name

<xsl:attribute> — Allows you to create an attribute in the output document. The advantage of <xsl:attribute> is that it allows you to build the attribute’s value from parts of the input document, hardcoded text, values returned by functions, and any other value you can access from your stylesheet.

Category

Instruction

Required Attributes

name

The name attribute defines the name of the attribute created by the <xsl:attribute> element. (No matter how you try to say this, talking about the attributes of the <xsl:attribute> element is confusing, isn’t it?)

Optional Attributes

namespace

The namespace attribute defines the namespace URI that should be used for this attribute in the output document. You don’t have control over the namespace prefix used; the only thing you specify with the namespace attribute is the URI of the namespace.

Content

An XSLT template. In other words, you can build the contents of an attribute with <xsl:choose> elements, <xsl:text>, and <xsl:value-of> elements.

Appears in

<xsl:attribute> appears inside a template.

Defined in

XSLT section 7.1.3, Creating Attributes with xsl:attribute.

Example

For this example, we want to create an HTML table from the following XML document:

<?xml version="1.0"?> <list xml:lang="en"> <title>Albums I've bought recently:</title> <listitem>The Sacred Art of Dub</listitem> <listitem>Only the Poor Man Feel It</listitem> <listitem>Excitable Boy</listitem> <listitem xml:lang="sw">Aki Special</listitem> <listitem xml:lang="en-gb">Combat Rock</listitem> ...

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