[xsl] Re: Re: Counting nodes efficiently

Subject: [xsl] Re: Re: Counting nodes efficiently
From: "Dimitre Novatchev" <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 23:22:11 +0100
Thanks again.

I hope that the right term will prevail through being more frequently used.


Dimitre Novatchev [XML MVP],
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"Wendell Piez" <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> At 03:01 PM 2/19/2004, you wrote:
> >Using only "forward" is insufficient -- a tree is 2-dimensional (this is
> >there are many possible traversal orders) and we use two independent
axes --
> >"ancestor" and "preceding".
> Of course. :-> But what makes this traversal interesting and different is
> that instead of relying on XSLT's built-in traversal of child nodes
> collected as a node list, it explicitly steps forward one node at a time.
> In the default traversal, the forward part is implicit (and as you know,
> XSLT requires only that the result come out *as if* the nodes are
> forward in document order).
> Since natural language rarely finds it practical to describe and specify
> all distinguishing characteristics of a given case, we usually encapsulate
> them by using a code or label that only hints at them -- and rely on
> context (as always) to disambiguate the rest. If the term sticks, it comes
> through use to denote all the particulars (because repeated use within a
> community of practice allows it to "carry its context with it"). Of course
> you know all this, which is why you asked for a native speaker's advice
> because what constitutes a good hint in a given case, before a term has
> established itself, is hard.
> Anyway, glad to help. Words are fun.
> Cheers,
> Wendell
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