Re: [xslt] extending xslt to provide something like a macro

On Tuesday 02 December 2003 15:50, Phil Frost wrote:
> I've been playing with xslt for the past few days as a possible method by
> which I can maintain a maximal separation between the presentation and the
> logic of a web application. My current setup is using apache's mod_python
> to apply a standard stylesheet to any requested XML file.
> I'm not sure of the best way to solve my problem. What I want is some sort
> of element that can be put in the source XML to signal my application to
> put some standard component in it's place. This component would query a
> database and output the data.
> What I've been trying is to write an extension element (by using
> registerExtModuleElement) to do this. The problem is that while I've been
> able to output any data to the output document, I can't find a way in the
> documentation to apply stylesheets to this result. What I'd like to happen
> is have my extensions return the data in XML that is then transformed by
> the stylesheet to XHTML.
> Again, I'm not sure if an extension element is the right solution for my
> problem. There are just so many standards floating about I can't find the
> right one :-P So, what is the solution for my problem, and how do I make it
> work?

Use xsl:document() to access more than one xml documents from your xslt. 

When you use Python, you can define a custom entity resolver to feed the xml 
from you application an register this function to the libxml2 module. Just an 

def entityResolver(url, id, ctxt):
    """Custom entity resolver."""
        return urllib.urlopen(url)
    except (IOError, OSError):


Now change the resolver function to return the xml data you need in your 


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