[xsl] XPath problem with getting all ancestors

Subject: [xsl] XPath problem with getting all ancestors
From: Jostein Austvik Jacobsen <josteinaj@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:27:02 +0200
I've got a document like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
				<note id="1">text</note>

And in a template for the note tags I'm trying to use the ancestor
axis to get the list [ para , content , article ].
However, I only seem to get [ para ] with ancestor::* and [ para , ""
] with ancestor::node().
When I test it like this:

<xsl:template match="note">
		ancestors="<xsl:value-of select="count(ancestor::*)"/>"
		preceding="<xsl:value-of select="count(preceding::*)"/>"
		contentNum="<xsl:value-of select="count(preceding::content)"/>"
</xsl:template match>

...I get ancestors="1", preceding="2" and contentNum="0" as output.

What I actually need to do is to count the number of content nodes
preceding the current note (relevant for the input XML note numbering
scheme). I did so earlier in the document (for referencing the actual
notes) when matching document like this:

<xsl:template match="document">
	<xsl:for-each select="//note">
			<xsl:attribute name="id"><xsl:value-of

So here I get access to all of the notes ancestors. In retrospect I
could probably have used select="count(preceding::content)" instead,
but still...

How come that I cannot access the notes ancestors from my note template?


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