RE: [xsl] context-independent counter

Subject: RE: [xsl] context-independent counter
From: "Michael Kay" <mhkay@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 21:28:21 -0000
> I know. But what if the elements that I process are
> scattered all over the doc? Or if I need to start with
> an element that is the fourth? Then I need a
> context-independent-counter, that doesn't care about
> the position, the level, or any other aspect of the
> current node's context.

That's how you would do it in a sequential programming language, true. In a
functional language like XSLT you have to find some way of computing the
number you want as a function of the input, not as a side-effect of what you
did before - because there is no "before".

Mike Kay

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