I have some XSLT that gets rendered in the Sitecore 6 CMS, but I don't think that this issue is specific to the product.
If I have a self-closing img or br tag, like so:
<br /> <img src="your.example.com" />
The resulting output would be:
<br> <img src="your.example.com">
The output method of the XSLT file is HTML. Is it supposed to be XML? I'm guessing that self-closing tags are not valid HTML, but is setting it to XML going to cause problems in my output?
That is just fine. You choose HTML, and
<br> tags are allowed in HTML. Choose XML and then you will have what you want.
And yes, you should use XML method if you want self-closing tags. I'm guessing you want XHTML output, and XHTML is a XML document.
On the top of your stylesheet you can specify to use XML as the output format and you can also set a specific DOCTYPE, for example:
<xsl:output method="xml" media-type="text/html" doctype-public="-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" doctype-system="DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd" cdata-section-elements="script style" indent="yes" encoding="UTF-8"/>
When you do get self closing tags working, you may run accross some odd bugs. Here are some examples:
A couple years ago in IE, I my whole rendered page was blank, but view source showed the full HTML. The problem was a self closing title tag (
Also, self closing script tags (