RE: [xsl] Can grouping here the solution ?

Subject: RE: [xsl] Can grouping here the solution ?
From: "Echlin, Robert" <Robert.Echlin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:53:27 +0000
I would have thought that "text()" would return the text, not a sequence of
That's really counter intuitive.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Carlisle [mailto:davidc@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 5:22 AM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Robby Pelssers
Subject: Re: [xsl] Can grouping here the solution ?

On 21/11/2011 18:10, Robby Pelssers wrote:
> Ok Ken, thx for the advice.  I actually never used to do so but at
> some point in time I figured it would express more clearly the
> intent. I guess I should just always assume this by default to safe
> on typing.

actually using text() makes your code more fragile. If the input has any
comments for example:

<page>page <!-- was 2 now changed-->1</page>

page has string value "page 1" so will work as expected if selected with
an xpath of page but page/text() selects a sequence of two text nodes
with values "page " and "1" which will either do the wrong thing, or
generate an error, depending on how its used.


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