Re: [xsl] XPath (and other W3C drafts)

Subject: Re: [xsl] XPath (and other W3C drafts)
From: Eliot Kimber <ekimber@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 10:01:37 -0600
On 12/16/09 9:57 AM, "Florent Georges" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Eliot Kimber wrote:
>> At the risk of seeming dim or lazy or both, can someone
>> explain the implications of these new features?
>   Using 'let', you can bind a variable directly in XPath.  There
> is of course no impact on XQuery.  In XSLT, that is sometimes
> convenient to be able to write a single XPath expression without
> requiring to split it into several expressions or to write a
> stylesheet function.  And that's important too for other host
> languages.
>   Using first-class function items, you can manipulate functions
> as items.  For instance, you can pass a function as parameter to
> another function.  Think for instance about a sorting function,
> taking a function item parameter to compare two items:

Got it--thanks!

I'm assuming that Saxon will or has already implemented these new



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