How to pass a string containg value $ to a javascript call in XSLT style sheet

Posted on 2009-07-07
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Hi there

I need to make a call to a Javascript function in my style sheet that does regular expression matching as I have to use XSL version 1.0 at the moment.  All works fine except when I nee dto pass a regular expression such as the following to the function:

<xsl:param name="charregexp" select=" '^[A-Za-z0-9. -]$'"></xsl:param>

call looks like this:

<xsl:if test="normalize-space(Cell[31]/Data) != ''">
  <xsl:value-of select="myjs:CheckValid(string(Cell[31]/Data), string($charregexp), string

Basically the call doesn't handle the $ in charregexp because it is a syntax character so how do I include it in my regular expression?  I have tried adding an escapr character but that doesn't help.

Many thanks

Question by:Samm1502
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abel earned 1000 total points
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You can simply use the dollar sign inside a string, there's nothing in XSLT that stops you from doing so. The $ is also the start of a parameter or variable name inside an XPath but you use a string literal, so that doesn't matter here and escape characters are not needed.

You say it doesn't work, can it be that something else is the problem? Do you get an error and if so, which? How does the javascript function look? If this is MSXML, is scripting then enabled (not all versions require this)? Can you show a larger part of you XSLT that illustrates the full problem?

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by:Geert Bormans
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<xsl:value-of select="myjs:CheckValid(string(Cell[31]/Data), string({$charregexp}), string

you need to escape the XPath with {} (attribute value templates)
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by:Geert Bormans
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ignore my comment, I did not check carefully enough, my comment would hold true if you had to escape the param in an attribute, sorry

the microsoft scripting engine does weird things with regular expressions sometimes, I had my share of curses there :-),
but maybe simply the regex is wrong... there could be a space preceding the end of string, try to change it like this
<xsl:param name="charregexp" select=" '^[A-Za-z0-9. -]+.*$'"></xsl:param>
Note that I also put a '+' after the character class, if not you are only looking for one character there

as abel rightly says, the $ in the string is just an ordinary character, no problem to be expected from the XSLT end
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by:Geert Bormans
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of course I am guessing what is in 'char',
make sure it really is only one character if you want your own regex to work

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Thanks guys.  Firstly yes I think I had an extra space that i couldn't see for looking at it too long and secondly I did need the + after my regexp so many thanks for that too. Cheers Sam
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You're welcome, so actually the regex itself was the problem eventually, well seen, Gertone  ;-)
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welcome, sorry again for the confusion in my first message

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