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XALAN and & in links

Thomas Scheffler
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I runned in trouble using XALAN for XSL-Transformation.
The following snipplet show what I mean:
<a href=";test2=test2">Test1&amp;</a>
<a href=";amp;test2=test2">Test2&amp;amp;</a>

This results in the following HTML Code:
<a href="">Test1&amp;</a>
<a href=";test2=test2">Test2&amp;amp;</a>

As you see XALAN is acting different on wether the "&amp" is inside a
link, or just final text. Notice that in first href &amp; is transformed
to & while the link text element contains the proper &amp; as in the
xsl. The second link is just to show the otherway around - more or less.
I'm using XALAN 2.6 for Java and this is my output definition.

<xslutput method="html" indent="yes" encoding="UTF-8"
media-type="text/html" doctype-public="-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN"
doctype-system="" />

Is XALAN acting conform to the standard? I just found on
that it should keep the "&amp;" for html output, which it does only for
the link text, but not the href attribute.

My Problem: I put correct links in and the result is not HTML conform,
while the &-sign is not correctly masked. Is that the standard behaviour
with all XSLT processors? If so, what is an easy workaround for that issue?


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