Thankyou to everyone who replied to me. Sorry for my silence; I was having
some difficulties posting to the list.
It looks like a template matching on aff/text() will be the best approach
for me. It never occurred to me to write a template to match the text()
In general stripping certain types of punctuation from the end of a
text() node is going to be the correct thing to do, although there will
still be exceptions; I will still have a problem with something like this:
<aff id="aj267072af4"><label>4</label>European Space Agency,
<italic>XMM</italic>-<italic>Newton</italic> Science Operations Centre,
European Space Astronomy Centre, Apartado 50727, Villafranca del Castillo,
28080 Madrid, Spain</aff>
... where the comma following 'Agency' is going to be lost. However what I
have working already is a great improvement on the previous state of
And here is the rationale for why I would want to strip this punctuation
The xml I'm working with is used as the source for pdf, xml & html end
products. Unfortunately during the production of the new xml, it's
required that the e-mail addresses held in the <ext-link> elements are
stripped out. This means that semi-colons, commas and other punctuation is
then left behind and this looks especially bad when you have multiple
e-mail addressed separated by commas. My personal opinion is that this
punctuation should not be present in the xml and that the processes that
create the pdf & html should be adjusted to insert the punctuation where
required based on the structure of the xml, however that is not within my
sphere of influence...
From: Richard Corfield [mailto:richard(_dot_)corfield(_at_)iop(_dot_)org]
Sent: 28 April 2008 10:26
Subject: [xsl] Using xsl:variable and replace() to remove
What I'm trying to do is process some xml of which this is a fragment:
<label>2</label>National Radio Astronomy Observatory,
ext-link-type="email" id="aj266199em4">email address
<!-- snip -->
<p>The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility
of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative
agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
The problem is the trailing semi-colon between the <xref> &
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