Re: [xsl] question about select

Subject: Re: [xsl] question about select
From: Mike Brown <mike@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 19:18:19 -0700 (MST)
Jo Bourne wrote:
> I am using xalan and I have noticed that if I use a selection like this:
> <xsl:for-each select=
"child::*[@field_name!='id' and @field_name!='smallName']">
> That the result excludes not only those elements with an attribute
> called "field_name" which is equal to "id" or "smallName", but also
> those elements which do not have an attribute "field_name" at all. Is
> this the same in all parsers?

Yes. @field_name identifies a node-set containing all the attributes named
field_name. Obviously there will be either 0 or 1 node in the set, since
it's in a predicate (each element in the child::* set is being tested
individually). If testing an empty node-set for inequality to a non-empty
string, you're always going to get true.

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