Re: [xsl] [XSL] Two "Philisophical" questions about the language

Subject: Re: [xsl] [XSL] Two "Philisophical" questions about the language
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 06:34:31 -0500
At 2009-01-17 12:23 +0100, Alain wrote:
First one
We've got an instruction :

But this instruction has no <xsl:else> as any other language I've used.

XSLT was designed for use with XSL-FO, and it is very often the case that you want to add something to the result tree or add nothing. XSL-FO has 270 differently-named attributes ... adding some on a condition is very common.

My second one might be easier!

Let's say I have an XML like this

<?xml version="1.0">
 <!-- Any number of nodes here -->

As a valid XML document can have only one "main" node,

Called the "document element".

what is the architectural and practical difference between

<xsl:template select="/">


<xsl:template select="/root">

First, it would be match="/" and match="/root", and needing to match on the document node is important to access the XML prologue and any content after the document element in the instance:

<?xml version="1.0">
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="over-there.xsl">
<?owner jsmith>
<!--copyright notice here-->

The root node in the above document has 4 child nodes.

At the moment:
- they do the exact same thing


I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . . . Ken

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