[jdom-interest] Question regarding XML transformation!

Jason Hunter jhunter at xquery.com
Tue May 18 10:44:51 PDT 2004

Sounds like the result of your transform was not a document but just one 
or more nodes.  There are other methods on XSLTransformer to handle this 
situation.  And you can transform strings instead of files by just 
building from a string.  It's shown in the FAQ.


Salim Hamid wrote:

> We've recently acquired Beta 10 release of JDOM and are interested in 
> the new transformation classes.  Do they support transforming an XML doc 
> using an XSL file that I provide?  I have the following code but I get 
> the exception "*java.lang.IllegalStateException: Root element not set* " 
> when I attempt to do anything with the transformed document:
>        XSLTransformer transformer = new XSLTransformer(xslFileName);
>        Document targetDoc = transformer.transform(sourceDoc);
>        System.out.println(targetDoc);  *// This line throws the 
> exception indicating that the transformation did not occur correctly*
> The XML doc is transformed fine using the XMLTransformer class provided 
> by IBM WebSphere.  Unfortunately, the WebSphere class only deals with 
> files-- something that we don't want due to I/O processing.  We want to 
> transform XML strings instead of files.  Am I not understanding 
> something about the JDOM transformation classes or are there future 
> plans to support what we want?
> A reply to this note would be greatly appreciated.
> Regards,
> Salim Hamid
> IBM Software Group --  Digital Media Development
> 301-803-1247   T/L 262-1247

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