Re: [xsl] xsl:function vs. xsl:template

Subject: Re: [xsl] xsl:function vs. xsl:template
From: "Andrew Welch" <andrew.j.welch@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 13:06:09 +0000
I tend to use functions to return values, and named templates to add
nodes to the result tree... but sometimes just use a function anyway
because the calling code is less verbose.

2008/11/19 Felix Geller <fgeller@xxxxxxxxx>:
> Hi all,
>   how does the experienced XSLT 2.0 programmer decide on whether to
> use a xsl:function or a (named) xsl:template? Are any performance
> issues involved (the processor I'm using is Saxon)?
> When trying to comprehend a stylesheet, I find it easier if the
> control-flow is managed by explicit function calls.
> Using functions imposes the additional "burden" of passing the node to
> work on, when compared to xsl:call-template. However, passing the node
> brings the benefit of making the "context" explicit.
> Being able to use a function in XPath expression also offers a less
> verbose invocation of functionality.
> What are other benefits/shortcomings of either side? I haven't found
> any documentation on this issue but would appreciate any hints as to
> where to find some.
> cheers
> -- Felix

Andrew Welch

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