RE: looping

Subject: RE: looping
From: "Wade, William (Bill)" <bwade@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 12:22:19 -0600
David Carlisle wrote:
>you are relying on the implicit coercion from string to number here,
>simpler to give the number directly
>  <xsl:param name="start-val" select="0"/>

As far as I can tell, there are no type restrictions associated with the
value returned by the expression within the select attribute of xsl:param.

Wouldn't <xsl:param name="start-val" select="0"/> cause the parser to search
for a child named "0" within the context node?  Can it be safely assumed
that if such a node does not exist the parser will return a numeric value of

If you're concerned about relying upon implicit type conversion, couldn't
you use the following instead?

  <xsl:param name="start-val" select="number(0)"/>
Bill Wade

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