The saxon:entity-ref element is useful to generate entities such as &nbsp; in HTML output. To do this, write: <saxon:entity-ref name="nbsp"/>

Category: instruction
Content: none
Permitted parent elements: any XSLT element whose content model is sequence-constructor; any literal result element




The name of the entity.

Saxon availability

Requires Saxon-PE or Saxon-EE. Available for all platforms.


Note that the preferred way to produce a non-breaking space character in the output is simply to write &#160; or &#xa0; in the stylesheet. By default, with HTML output, this will be serialized as &nbsp;, though the way it is serialized doesn't actually matter as far as the HTML browser is concerned.

The element saxon:entity-ref is permitted only in contexts where disable-output-escaping would be permitted: that is, when writing to a serialized output destination.