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How to keep text formatting in XSL

I have a VB application where the user can enter some text. This text is then put in an XML to be used by an XSL. Is there any to keep as much text formatting as possible(paragraph, bold, italic, etc...)?

Also, if I format some text using various tags like list-blocks and blocks, and then I passed this text to a template with param, the XSL keeps only the text and forget the blocks and the rest! Very annoying!

Thx
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BigGayHAL
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b1xml2Commented:
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b1xml2Commented:
XML Document
============
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<document>
     <prologue><![CDATA[
     <h1>Welcome To Our WebSite</h1>
     <p>This a the old recommended paragraphing technique
     <p>Second <b>Para</b>
     ]]>
     </prologue>
     <block>
     This is my first line
     
     Second line after a break
     </block>
     <data>
          The following is a link of recommended vendors:
          <ul>
               <li><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft</a></li>
               <li><a href="http://www.ibm.com">IBM</a></li>
          </ul>    
     </data>
     <transform>
          <p class="user">
          This is a new era of <b><i>Information <u>Overload</u></i></b> as well as a new way of doing things.
          </p>
     </transform>
</document>
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b1xml2Commented:
XSLT Document
=============
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xsl:output method="html" encoding="iso-8859-1" indent="yes"/>
<xsl:template match="/">
<html>
<head>
<title>Data</title>
</head>
<body>
<!--unescaping data within a CDATA Section-->
<xsl:value-of select="//prologue" disable-output-escaping="yes" />
<!--maintaining lines-->
<xsl:apply-templates select="//block" />
<!--copying entire html syntax-->
<xsl:copy-of select="//data/node()" />
<!--element transformation technique-->
<xsl:apply-templates select="//transform/node()" mode="html" />
</body>
</html>
</xsl:template>
<!--templates that provide persistence of lines-->
<xsl:template match="block">
<div>
     <xsl:call-template name="lines">
     <xsl:with-param name="raw" select="string(.)" />
     </xsl:call-template>
</div>
</xsl:template>
<xsl:template name="lines">
<xsl:param name="raw" />
<xsl:if test="$raw">
     <xsl:choose>
     <xsl:when test="contains($raw,'&#13;')">
          <xsl:value-of select="substring-before($raw,'&#13;')" /><br />
          <xsl:call-template name="lines">
          <xsl:with-param name="raw" select="substring-after($raw,'&#13;')" />
          </xsl:call-template>
     </xsl:when>
     <xsl:otherwise>
          <xsl:value-of select="$raw" />
     </xsl:otherwise>
     </xsl:choose>
</xsl:if>
</xsl:template>
<!--end of templates that provide persistence of lines-->
<!--templates that use the element transformation technique-->
<xsl:template match="@* | node()" mode="html">
<xsl:copy><xsl:apply-templates select="@* | node()" mode="html"/></xsl:copy>
</xsl:template>
<!--this switches the p element to a div element-->
<xsl:template match="p" mode="html">
<div><xsl:apply-templates select="@* | node()" mode="html" /></div>
</xsl:template>
<!--this switches the class of the p element accordingly-->
<xsl:template match="p/@class" mode="html">
<xsl:attribute name="style">font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;</xsl:attribute>
</xsl:template>
<!--this removes the bold-italic pair-->
<!--advanced XSLT technique-->
<xsl:template match="b[name(node()[1]) = 'i'] | i[name(..) = 'b']" mode="html">
<xsl:choose>
<xsl:when test="name() = 'b'"><xsl:apply-templates select="node()" mode="html"/></xsl:when>
<xsl:otherwise><span style="font-style:italic;font-weight:bold;"><xsl:apply-templates select="node()" mode="html"/></span></xsl:otherwise>
</xsl:choose>
</xsl:template>
<!--end of templates that use the element transformation technique-->
</xsl:stylesheet>
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b1xml2Commented:
HTML Output
===========
<html>
<head>
<META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>Data</title>
</head>
<body>
     <h1>Welcome To Our WebSite</h1>
     <p>This a the old recommended paragraphing technique
     <p>Second <b>Para</b>
      <div><br>     This is my first line<br>     <br>     Second line after a break<br>     </div>
          The following is a link of recommended vendors:
          <ul>
<li><a href="http://www.microsoft.com">Microsoft</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.ibm.com">IBM</a></li>
</ul>
<div style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;">
          This is a new era of <span style="font-style:italic;font-weight:bold;">Information <u>Overload</u></span> as well as a new way of doing things.
          </div>
</body>
</html>
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b1xml2Commented:
Notes
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1. The XSLT Document show you a number of useful advance tricks <GRIN>

2. To persist lines, see the break templates in the XSLT Document.

3. To copy wholesale XHTML code
<!--copying entire html syntax-->
<xsl:copy-of select="//data/node()" />

4. To effect targetted element transformation, see the templates with the mode="html"

VB Notes
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If you are transforming the data and putting it back into a VB Control, you will find that using a textbox control will not work even if multi-line is set to true. You will have to use the richtextbox control.

Regards,

Brandon Driesen

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b1xml2Commented:
Okay, BigGayHal, Feedback pls and I hope you're not as bad as MrCrawFish =)
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BigGayHALAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I haven't had any time to check this yet, my boss asked me to do some urgent stuff for a client first. I'll try it ASAP

Thx!
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b1xml2Commented:
thanx for the feedback =)
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b1xml2Commented:
BigGayHal, it's been a while. please provide more feedback. lack of responsiveness will discourage experts from providing top class solutions to you now and in the future.
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BigGayHALAuthor Commented:
Hi! Yes I'm sorry but we kinda have an emergency so
this part of the project will be done only in a couple
of days. Don't worry! I haven't forgotten you!

Thx for your patience
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b1xml2Commented:
thanks yet again =)
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BigGayHALAuthor Commented:
humm.. I tried the  templates that provide persistence of lines but it gives me a compile error!
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BigGayHALAuthor Commented:
Hi! it seems the compiler didnt like <BR/>
so I replaced it with <fo:block>&#160;</fo:block>
it seems to work fine.
I now use a rich text box and I replace all vbCRLF by &#13;
and vice-versa.

thx for you patience
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