Cool.  I talked to Ron via phone so I am getting a better picture, but
I am still happy to take more insights.

So the larger context.  I inherited a DSpace instance with three
custom metadata fields which actually have some useful publication
information, though they improperly titled them in by associating them
with a dc prefix but there were two many to fix quickly and they
haven't broken DSpace yet so we continue.  So I added to the XSL to
pull the data within the the custom fields to display "publication
name" Vol. "publication volume" Issue "publication issue".  That
worked really well until I realized that there was no conditional so
even when the fields are empty I still get: <dc:identifier>Vol.

So here are the Custom Metadata fields:


Here is the customized XSLT, with dc.identifier added for context of
what the rest of the sheet looks like.

<!-- dc.identifier -->
                <dc:identifier><xsl:value-of select="." /></dc:identifier>

<!-- dc.identifier.* -->
<xsl:for-each select="doc:metadata/doc:element[@name='dc']/doc:element[@name='identifier']/doc:element/doc:element/doc:field[@name='value']">
                <dc:identifier><xsl:value-of select="." /></dc:identifier>

<!-- dc.publication fields to dc.identifier -->
Vol. </xsl:text><xsl:value-of
Issue </xsl:text><xsl:value-of

Ron suggested that using choose and when and that does seem to make
the most sense.  The other trickiness is that I have found that some
of these fields as filled when others are blank, such as their being a
volume but not an issue.  So I need to figure out how to test multiple
fields so that I can have it display differently dependent on what has
data or not at all none of the fields are filled, which is the case in
items such as posters.

So any thoughts would help.  Thanks.

On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 2:50 PM, Wick, Ryan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I agree with Stuart, post the example here.
> Or if you want more real-time chat there's always #code4lib IRC.
> For an XSLT resource, Dave Pawson's site is great:
> Ryan Wick
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stuart A. Yeates
> Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 11:46 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] XSLT Advice
> There are a number of experienced xslt'ers here. Post your example to the group so we can all learn.
> Cheers
> Stuart
> On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Matt Sherman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am making a few corrections on an oai_dc.xslt file for our DSpace
>> instance I slightly botched modifying to integrate some custom
>> metadata into a dc.identifier citation in the OAI-PMH harvest.  I need
>> to get proper conditionals so it can display and harvest the metadata
>> correctly and not run when there is no data in those fields.  I have a
>> pretty good idea what I need to do, and if this were like JavaScript
>> or Python I could probably muddle through.  The trouble is that I
>> don't know the conditional syntax for XSLT quite well enough to know
>> what I can do and thus need to do.  Plus the online resources for
>> learning/referencing XSLT for this are a bit shallow for what I need
>> hence asking the group.  So if there is anyone who knows XSLT really
>> well that would be willing to talk with me for a bit to help me work
>> through what I need to get the syntax to work like I want I would
>> appreciate it.  Thanks.
>> Matt Sherman
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