Re: [xsl] When to use text()

Subject: Re: [xsl] When to use text()
From: David Sewell <dsewell@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:15:28 -0400 (EDT)
I wonder how much of the problem (and there is one, at least for beginning users of XPath/XQuery/XSLT, and it even bites old hands sometimes) is owing to the fact that the XPath syntax for an axis step followed by a node type is identical to the syntax for an axis step followed by a single-argument function.


looks just like


even though the underlying semantics are quite different. I suspect that mentally one tends to conflate the two. (Applying the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis to programming languages, i.e. the way a language encodes things influences the way we think about them.)


On Fri, 21 Mar 2014, Ihe Onwuka wrote:

On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM, Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

To gloss Mike ...

Yes, text() is over-used and commonly misused.

I wouldn't be blaming the programmers for that.

When you step back, it is clear from all the explanations given, that
the thing doesn't do what it says on the tin.

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