xsl:key vs DTD ID attribute Performance issue

Subject: xsl:key vs DTD ID attribute Performance issue
From: "Melvyn Rosengarden" <melrose@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 18:28:21 -0500
I am currently exploring all options available to me to improve XSLT
Transform performance.
I am trying to evaluate the difference between using a DTD  ID type
attribute or an XSLT key with a
"static" XML file whose resultant DOM is cached for reuse.

I am postulating that since an ID attribute is defined in the DTD, when the
XML is parsed to an input
tree an internal index table is built mapping the ID to the node's memory
address, resulting in the
fastest possible navigation. On the otherhand since the <xsl:key..../> is
defined as a top level element
of the stylesheet I would imagine that every time the stylesheet is used it
must traverse the entire DOM
to build it's index table, resulting a poorer overall performance.

Would someone knowledgeable about the inner workings of the transform engine
be generous enough
to comment.... Thanks..

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Melvyn Rosengarden

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