[xsl] RE: Re: Re: Reference to variable cannot be resolved.

Subject: [xsl] RE: Re: Re: Reference to variable cannot be resolved.
From: Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 04:07:48 -0800 (PST)
> > Shall I conclude that there were no user requirements and 
> > use-cases that required taking this decision?
> >
> The argument against allowing redefinition of variables was based on
> preventing the novice error of doing
> <xsl:variable name="x" select="0"/>
> <xsl:for-each ...
>   <xsl:variable name="x" select="$x + 1"/>
> The argument in favour of allowing it was based on the ability to
> generate XSLT/XQuery code automatically, and to allow cut-and paste
> code fragments.

So we owe this feature only due to the inability of someone to think
about unique name generation? 

And why should the XQuery people put their hands on XSLT?

> So yes, there were use cases on both sides, and it boils down to a
> matter of opinion as to how you weigh them.
> If you think the decision is wrong, you should post a note to
> public-qt-comments saying why.

Yes, I think this decision is wrong, yet I'm not going to post
anything. Obviously these people love to fight and argue -- why make
them happy?

Until I learned about this feature I was almost going to believe that
XSLT 2.0 would be different from the majority of other programming
languages designed by a committee.

Obviously to voice an opinion that is only reasonable, is not enough to
affect this highly politicised process.

Anyway, thank you Mike for making this clear to us.


Dimitre Novatchev.
http://fxsl.sourceforge.net/ -- the home of FXSL

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