<xsl:comment> / <xsl:message>
<xsl:comment> element is used to insert XML comments
into the result document. The comment is inserted as follows in the XSL
<element> <xsl:comment>This is a comment!</xsl:comment> </element>
and it will be output in the result document as follows:
<element> <!-- This is a comment! --> </element>
<xsl:message> element is used to send messages to
who/whatever is performing the transformation. The message can be displayed
in a terminal, a dialog box, etc. The
is used in the same way as the
however the message is not output in the result document.
<xsl:message> element has an attribute
"terminate" which can be used to terminate the transformation at any
given stage. This is useful when using message to give information about
illegal values in the input document.
The output handler class has a method for outputting comments in the output document and messages to the operator. The code compiled for a comment gathers all text that goes into the comment in a StringValueHandler object, retrieves the full text string from this handler, and then finally sends it to the output handler. Similarly the code compiled for a message will simply send the message to the output handler in use.
Messages will be output to the terminal (stdout) when a transformation is run in a terminal. The message will be output before the beginning of the output document. Messages will be shown in a dialog box if a transformation is run in an applet.
<xsl:message> elements that use the
attribute to abort transformations cause an exception to be thrown. A
RuntimeException is used for this, and the exception text is:
Termination forced by an xsl:message instruction