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<xsl:if> Element

Allows simple conditional template fragments.

  test = boolean-expression


  • test
    Required. The condition in the source data to test. If the expression in this attribute evaluates to True when cast to a Boolean, the content of <xsl:if> is instantiated and placed in the output. Node-sets are cast to a Boolean True if they contain at least one node.

Element Information

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Parent elements

xsl:attribute, xsl:comment, xsl:copy, xsl:element, xsl:fallback, xsl:for-each, xsl:if, xsl:message, xsl:otherwise, xsl:param, xsl:processing-instruction, xsl:template, xsl:variable, xsl:when, xsl:with-param, output elements

Child elements

xsl:apply-templates, xsl:attribute, xsl:call-template, xsl:choose, xsl:comment, xsl:copy, xsl:copy-of, xsl:element, xsl:for-each, xsl:if, xsl:processing-instruction, xsl:text, xsl:value-of, xsl:variable, output elements


The content is a template. The expression is evaluated, and the resulting object is converted to a Boolean. If the result is True, the content template is instantiated; otherwise, nothing is created.


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XPath Syntax