RE: [xsl] [xslt 2.0] Difference betwen functions and templates

Subject: RE: [xsl] [xslt 2.0] Difference betwen functions and templates
From: Justin Johansson <procode@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 21:40:03 +0900
At 11:50 AM 21/07/2007 +0100, you wrote:
>> Now the questions is, is xsl:template name= ... 
>> able to do something, which xsl:function cannot do?
>Depends what you count as "able to do something". For example, a named
>template can declare default values for parameters. Does that count?

Has is also be explained in this thread already that another difference is
that xsl:functions do not receive any initial focus?

And what about any difference between call named template and calling
a function, say via xsl:sequence select="blah(..)", with regard to
to the static and dynamic contexts?

I thought I knew this stuff inside out but am now starting to get confused.
Isn't it true in some ways that calling named templates gives greater
access to static and/or dynamic context .. e.g. xsl:variables which may be
tunnelled or otherwise.  So, in a sense, and apart from syntax differences,
isn't it true that calling a named template has a little bit more power than
calling a function, although possibly a moot point?

Thanks for a great discussion.

Justin Johansson
Now a Schema-Aware XSLT Evangelist

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