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Re: Only transform certain tags

> From: Claus Rasmussen <>
> I'm using DocBook 4.1.2 XML and Norm's associated style sheets.
> I've extended the DTD with some custom sections and now I'm trying to hit
> valid docbook format from there. This means that I want only my custom
> <mysection> tag or whatever to be transformed (via a custom XSL style sheet
> that turn my custom-tags into docbook tags). So basically I want to have this:
> <article>
> <sect1>
> ...
> </sect1>
> <mysection>
>    ...
> </mysection>
> </article>
> ..transformed into an article with, say, two sect1's. Basically I'm asking how
> I take non-matched tags and copy them and their content to the result tree.
> I've tried using <xsl:copy-of ... > but I can't have it catch only
> none-matched tags. Also, if I use regular <xsl:apply-templates/> I obviously
> only get the content of the foreign tags.
> I'm sure this is easy, but could some one please give me a hint?

If I understand what you are trying to do,
I think you want to use <xsl:copy>, which is easier
to control since it doesn't copy all of its
children like <xsl:copy-of> does.

The stylesheet below will pass through everything,
except <mysection> elements are changed to <sect1>
elements.  Is that what you are after?

The first template replaces the
built-in default template rule with one that
copies elements rather than just copying text
nodes.  The second template has a more
specific match on "mysection", so it takes
precedence over the default and changes that element
to <sect1>.  The use of <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>
in each template copies all the attributes of each
element through.

<?xml version='1.0'?>
          xmlns:xsl=""; version='1.0'>
<xsl:output method="xml"/>

<xsl:template match="*|/">
                <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>

<xsl:template match="mysection">
        <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>


You can add templates for any other elements
that need to be changed.  All unmatched elements
are matched by the first template.

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