# [web] placing a newline with XSL

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Hi guys, I have a feeling this is really simple but I've been busting my head on it. Say somewhere in my XML document I have the following node: <message>This is a message!</message> and then my XSL document has the following template to handle it: <xsl:template match="message"> <p> <xsl:value-of select="."/> </p> </xsl:template> I simply display the value of the node in an html paragraph. Question: How do I break that message across two lines? For example, I want to display the following in my browser: This is a message! rather than This is a message! Thanks metrix

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as far as i know, you can't. In some way you have to tell the XSL/XML parser where that break should occur by either seperating the message into parts e.g.
<!-- XML --><body>	<message>		<message-part>This is</message-part>		<message-part>a test!</message-part>	</message></body><!-- XSL --><xsl:template match="/"><p>	<xsl:for-each select="body/message/message-part">		<xsl:value-of select="."/><br/>	</xsl:for-each></p></xsl:template>

if you are just trying to fit the text inside a confined space
<xsl:template match="message"><div style="width:50px"> 	<xsl:value-of select="."/><br/></p></div></xsl:template>

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Bah! I knew it. Thank you so much!! ++rating.

metrix

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Look up XSL whitespace handling. I'm sure you can set a property which causes it to respect whitespace. It's been a while since I've done XSLT.

Mark