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From "Jörg Heinicke" <>
Subject Re: document() function in Saxon 8.3 under Cocoon 2.1.7
Date Fri, 08 Apr 2005 17:34:33 GMT
Hello Wendell,

(It's really a long time since I heard of you the last time - must have been
on the MulberryTech XSL list.)

> Hi,
> I've been messing with Cocoon 2.1.7 for a few days now. I like it a great 
> deal. Simple things do not have to be complicated.
> Because my application really benefits from the draft XSLT 2.0, I've got 
> Saxon 8.3 wired in. It's doing very well. (Snappy!) But ... I've run into
> a 
> discrepancy which I have to believe is a Cocoon thing.
> I'm calling the document() function very simply -- if a value $source-name
> is supposed to be a reference to an SVG file, I'm querying it to get the 
> dimensions of the SVG (given as attributes on the document element) and 
> putting them onto a temporary tree:
> <xsl:variable name="dimension-lookup">
>    <d>
>      <xsl:choose>
>        <xsl:when test="ends-with($source-name,'.svg')">
>          <xsl:attribute name="what">Hoo! got SVG!</xsl:attribute>
>          <xsl:for-each select="document($source-name,/)/*">
>            <xsl:copy-of select="@width | @height"/>
>          </xsl:for-each>
>        </xsl:when>
>        ...
>      </xsl:choose>
>    </d>
> </xsl:variable>
> Outside Cocoon, this works -- when I copy this 'd' element to the output, 
> having provided a $source-name='westminster.svg' I get
>   <d width="872" height="184"/>
> ... which reflects, in fact, the correct values in westminster.svg.
> But when I run it inside Cocoon, I just get a plain <d/>.
> In my sitemap, in order to ensure I can read these SVGs, I have:
> <map:match pattern="**.svg">
>    <map:generate src="{1}.svg"/>
>    <map:serialize type="svgxml"/>
> </map:match>
> ... which appears to be sufficient to give me the SVG back when I provide 
> it to Cocoon directly in my browser.
> Anyone have a clue as to what's going on? I figured this might be a FAQ, 
> except I'm using the latest-and-greatest. Google gives me only hints like 
> "using the document() function inside Cocoon isn't recommended".

The reason for the hint is a caching issue IIRC. document() should work in

>From your sitemap snippet I guess you think document() path is resolved
against sitemap, what's not done AFAIK. This might already be the reason for
the failure. You can switch to sitemap by using "cocoon:/" pseudo protocol.
Otherwise the path should be resolved in file system by default.

Furthermore there should be a log entry when document() fails. But I don't
know on which log level it logs.

Hope this helps,


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