Defines a processing rule for source elements or other nodes of a particular type.
Pattern to identify the type of node to be processed. The most common form of pattern is simply an element name. However, more complex patterns may also be used: the syntax of patterns is given in more detail in XSLT pattern syntax. The following examples show some of the possibilities:
If this is present, the template may be
invoked directly using xsl:call-template. The
If there are several
If this is present, the template will only be
matched when the same mode is used in the invoking xsl:apply-templates element. The value can be
a list of mode names, indicating that the template matches more than one mode;
this list can include the token
Defines the required type of the result. The
result of evaluating the sequence constructor is converted to this required type
using the function conversion rules. The default is
New in XSLT 3.0. Determines the
potential visibility of the component corresponding to this template; the
Allows additional type information to be supplied using Saxon extension syntax. For details see saxon:as.
Available in XSLT 1.0 and later versions. Available in all Saxon editions. Available for all platforms.
Notes on the Saxon implementation
The extension attribute saxon:explain can be used on an
xsl:template element. If the attribute has value
yes, then at compile time Saxon outputs (to the standard error
output) a representation of the optimized expression tree for that template.
Saxon-EE 9.8 introduces just-in-time compilation of template rules. With this enabled,
the static analysis of a template rule happens only the first time that the rule fires.
This dramatically reduces compilation costs for large stylesheets that define many rules
for rarely-used elements (the DITA and DocBook stylesheets are typical examples). This
has the consequence that static errors in unused rules may go unreported. The feature
can therefore be disabled, for example by using
-opt:-j on the command line.
A simple XSLT template for a particular element. This example causes all
<ptitle> elements in the source document to be output