Syntax Guide

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Last updated: 28 June 2016

XSL placeholders

The following syntax is used within an XSL transformation in a data island.


By embedding this content and putting XSL field elements within the tags the standard tags within the HTML <HEAD> are over written. This allows the developer to create a database driven page with differing title and header attributes depending on the content of the page.

In 10.5 support for a generic header override syntax was added to the CMS which can be embedded anywhere, body fields, variable blocks, templates not just XSL. It should be used in preference to the approach below.

Syntax: (10.2 canonical added)







The example embeds content from the XSL. It can be placed anywhere in the body of the XSL though it's usually easier to use it at the top


<title><xsl:value-of select="BusinessName"/>, <xsl:value-of select="town" /> | Hostel <xsl:value-of select="region" />

Scotland | <xsl:value-of select="town" /> Hostel Accommodation</title>

<description>A warm welcome awaits you at <xsl:value-of select="BusinessName" /> in <xsl:value-of select="town" />,

<xsl:value-of select="region" />, a quality assured, independent hostel offering excellent budget accommodation.</description>

<keywords><xsl:value-of select="BusinessName"/>, Independent Hostel <xsl:value-of select="town" />,

<xsl:value-of select="town" /> Hostel Accommodation, <xsl:value-of select="town" /> Youth Hostel</keywords>

<canonical>http://:::domain:::<xsl:value-of select="RESTURL"/></canonical>


Resulting HTML output


<title>, Rogart | Hostel Sutherland Scotland | Rogart Hostel Accommodation</title>

<meta name="description" content="A warm welcome awaits you at in Rogart, Sutherland a quality assured,

independent hostel offering excellent budget accommodation." />

<meta name="keywords" content=", Independent Hostel Rogart, Rogart hostel accommodation, Rogart youth hostel" />

<link rel="canonical" href="" />

<meta name="Author" content="pmacleod" />

<meta name="LastUpdated" content="08/06/2011 13:35" />


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