How to set XSLT variable to contain exact xml data – Education Career Blog

I wonder how to store xml data from one variable in another.

This works ($oldvariable contains xml data):

<xsl:variable name="newvariable" select="$oldvariable"/>

But this does not work (probably because of some obvious reason for an experienced XSLT-coder):

<xsl:variable name="newvariable">
 <xsl:copy-of select="$oldvariable"/>

How can I make the latter store the exact variable data?

I need that construct since I’m really using a :

<xsl:variable name="newvariable">
 <xsl:when test="some-test">
  <xsl:copy-of select="$oldvariable"/>

Thanks alot!


This is FAQ: In XSLT 1.0, whenever you declare a variable/parameter with content template (without @select), the result type is Result Tree Fragment.

Then, you can’t use RTF as left hand for / step operator.

So, how do you declare a variable to be one of two node-sets based on a condition?

<xsl:variable name="newvariable" select="$oldvariable$condition|

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