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Language: Web
Expertise: Intermediate
Jun 21, 2000

Back-Referencing A Matched Element

You can use the dot operator (.) in XSL transformation stylesheets to refer to, effectively, "whatever element was just identified."

Let's say you had this template in a stylesheet:

<xsl:template match="dialog/title"> 
Say you also wanted such elements to be converted to dialogTitle elements. You could do it by fleshing out your template like this:
<xsl:template match="dialog/title">
<xsl:value-of select=".">

Note that the dot has to be in quotes. Here it refers to the title element inside the dialog element.

Manoj K.
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