Re: my nearest sibling

Subject: Re: my nearest sibling
From: "Oren Ben-Kiki" <oren@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 18:04:48 +0200
Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>Any volunteers to express "go up and get my nearest older sibling"?
>In this example:
> <list type="gloss"><label><gi>front</gi></label><item>contains any
> prefatory matter (headers, title page, prefaces, dedications, etc.)
> found before the start of a text proper.</item>
>when processing <item>, I want to get my paws on the associated
>Is this really trivial and I am being dense? should
> "../label[position()]"

>work? actually, position() never seems to do what I expect. does it
>produce the sibling count?

No, it is the position in "the context node list" of the node matched by the
pattern, not of the node matched by the <xsl:template> containing the
pattern. You can work around this by using a variable:

<xsl:variable name="position-before-me" expr="position() - 1"/>
<xsl:??? select="../*[position() = $position-before-me]"/>

But it is better to:

<xsl:??? select="from-preceding-siblings(*[1])"/>

See section 6.1.1 (Axes).

Share & Enjoy,

    Oren Ben-Kiki

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