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String.Replace() in XSLT

Here’s a sample template that lets you have the String.Replace() functionality in XSLT 1.0.   The template “string-replace-all” takes 3 parameters and recursively processes the input text string.

  •    text         : main string
  •    replace : the string fragment to be replaced
  •    by           :  the replacement string
<xsl:template name="string-replace-all">
    <xsl:param name="text" />
    <xsl:param name="replace" />
    <xsl:param name="by" />
      <xsl:when test="contains($text, $replace)">
        <xsl:value-of select="substring-before($text,$replace)" />
        <xsl:value-of select="$by" />
        <xsl:call-template name="string-replace-all">
          <xsl:with-param name="text"
          select="substring-after($text,$replace)" />
          <xsl:with-param name="replace" select="$replace" />
          <xsl:with-param name="by" select="$by" />
        <xsl:value-of select="$text" />

Here’s how it is called:

 <xsl:variable name="myVar">
    <xsl:call-template name="string-replace-all">
      <xsl:with-param name="text" select="'This is a sample text : {ReplaceMe} and {ReplaceMe}'" />
      <xsl:with-param name="replace" select="'{ReplaceMe}'" />
      <xsl:with-param name="by" select="'String.Replace() in XSLT'" />

(Edit : Thanks to Marky and granadaCoder for typing out the xslt code in the comments.)

The resulting value of $myVar after {ReplaceMe} is replaced is “This is a sample text : String.Replace() in XSLT and String.Replace() in XSLT”

For those who are not familiar with XSLT syntax and here’s the C# equivalent.  An excellent material for the thedailywtf! 🙂

 (Note: I’m not so sure, but I think in XSL 2.0 there is already a built-in replace function on strings)

This article is part of the GWB Archives. Original Author: ERIK ARAOJO

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