Re: [xsl] merging two documents - only if second document matches

Subject: Re: [xsl] merging two documents - only if second document matches
From: Jeni Tennison <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 10:54:36 +0000
Oliver Becker wrote:
> <xsl:template match="/">
>    <xsl:for-each select="$idsA[. = $idsB]">
>       <xsl:copy-of select="." />
>    </xsl:for-each>
> </xsl:template>
> The question is, if your input is really as simple as you said.
> For example it might be reasonable comparing the normalized string
> values like this
>    normalize-space() = normalize-space($idsB)
> inside of the predicate.

One of those horrible situations where the behaviour of '=' in XPath
turns round and bites you...

In the original path:

  $idsA[. = $idsB]

then you're filtering in any nodes in $idsA whose value is the same
as *any* of the nodes in $idsB.

If you do:

  $idsA[normalize-space() = normalize-space($idsB)]

then the normalize-space($idsB) selects *only the first* of the nodes
in $idsB and gives your its normalized value. So you only get any
$idsA node that has the same value as the first $idsB.

To get round this, you need to work through all the $idsA 'by hand'
and put the test in an xsl:if:

  <xsl:for-each select="$idsA">
     <xsl:if test="$idsB[normalize-space() =
        <xsl:copy-of select="." />



Jeni Tennison

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