Subject: Re: [xsl] position last and attributes|
From: Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:02:58 +0100
On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > On 20/09/2012 07:13, Ihe Onwuka wrote: >> >> It would seem (somewhat paradoxically) that given the definition of >> position() and last() they could be applied to @* which is >> intrinsically unordered. >> > > Actually, there is a total ordering relation (document order) over all > nodes. It's just that for two attributes of the same element (and indeed, > say, for two elements in different documents) the ordering relation is > implementation-dependent. So it's not correct to say that they are > "intrinsically unordered". They are ordered, but not in a predictable way. > Then to me, they are not ordered irrespective of what the implementation does.