RE: [xsl] alternative for modes

Subject: RE: [xsl] alternative for modes
From: "Peter Billen" <peter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 12:10:39 +0100
Indeed, that's what I wanted, something like 'function pointers' in C/C++

I might be looking into Dimitre's FXSL, but I can't use it in this
situation, since it's a school exercise and I have to use standard XSLT
specifications (no extensions allowed).

So there is nothing else possible than some crap of if-conditions, to
'simulate' several modes in one template/function?

Thanks for your input,


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[mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael Kay
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Subject: RE: [xsl] alternative for modes

> As I mentioned above, 'generalTemplate' can be called on 
> several places in the template, because everytime I need the 
> same calculations, ... on the 'root'-tag. But each time (in 
> every other place), I actually need different manipulations 
> on the 'child'-tag.

In effect, you want a higher-order function/template that accepts a
function/template as a parameter and then calls that function/template.

This is precisely what Dimitre's FXSL approach does. You can't supply a
template as a parameter, but you can supply a node that acts as a
surrogate for the template, so that when you apply-templates to that
node, the template that's invoked depends on which node was supplied.

Michael Kay

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