RE: [xsl] Re: Overlapping structures

Subject: RE: [xsl] Re: Overlapping structures
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 14:23:21 -0400
At 01:20 PM 10/10/01, you wrote:
Isn't this the kind of thing XPointer is meant for, e.g. there's an
epic simile from there to there.

One could add empty elements to the document to make easier targets
for the pointers.  Those elements could even point back to the
descriptive elements that point to them.

Yes, this is the way it's commonly done. Thank goodness ranges were included in XPointer.

(But I don't know of any direct support for XPointer in XSLT processors....)

Also, there's plenty of interesting work going on (along lines suggested by a couple of the posts in this thread) for converting one hierarchy into another. This approach takes the position that rather than seeking to be "the" text, an XML instance can work as an ad-hoc representation of a text -- and thus that several XML documents together can provide a fuller description. Patrick's excellent XSLT-based approach to an SGML-like "CONCUR" feature falls into this category.


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