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Section 43.3 Modular Source Files

If you use the <xi:include> mechanism for modular source files, you must process your source slightly differently.

Add the switch -xinclude to your invocation of xsltproc, just after xsltproc, but before the filenames for the stylesheet and the master source file. Note that for some versions of xsltproc it might be necessary to use two dashes for the switch, --xinclude. So now a typical invocation (using one dash) might look like

xsltproc -xinclude xsl/pretext-html.xsl ~/books/aota/animals.xml

It is easy to forget the -xinclude switch. Empty output, or cryptic error messages, are your first clue to this simple, but common, mistake.