Re: [xsl] a simple question about node tests

Subject: Re: [xsl] a simple question about node tests
From: "J.Pietschmann" <j3322ptm@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 20:04:16 +0200
Robert P. J. Day wrote:
  but, WRT abbreviations, it's always explained that "*"
(again short for child::*, right?) will select elements.
unless it's used in conjunction with the attribute axis,
at which point either attribute::* or @* will select just
attribute nodes.  same for the namespace axis.

so what exactly does "*" mean?

It doesn't mean anything specific beyond the semantics assigned by the spec. If you really want to have an analogy, take it as the famous wildcard matching "any string", or matching everything named on the respective axis. Elements and attributes have names and can be matched; text, PI and comment nodes don't have names. I'm not sure about namespace nodes though.


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