[xquery-talk] say how to get "newline" working

Andrew Welch andrew.j.welch at gmail.com
Sun Mar 11 01:47:23 PST 2012

> I need to convert to text mode by hand:
> $ basex file.xq|perl -pwle 's/<[^>]+>//g'
> As all text serialization in Xquery can't deal with the same line
> concept... unless one hardwires the line separators (0x0A) in via
> string-join, which doesn't sound much like serialization to me.

There are 2 ways of approaching this, one is a query returning
multiple items that must then be combined somehow outside of the
query, or a query that returns a single item.

Because you've gone with the former, you've now hit a problem of how
those items are being combined.  You want newlines, but other people
might want something else, like a single space, or no space at all.

So the easy way, is to just return a single item using string-join.

That said, the code you posted had an output method of html and
returned <td> elements... which suggests you just want indent set?

Andrew Welch

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