Re: [xsl] counting characters in an XML document

Subject: Re: [xsl] counting characters in an XML document
From: Peter Flynn <peter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 07:35:38 +0000
Wendell Piez wrote:
> Mike,
> That XPath 2.0 addling is getting serious!
> Will this be happening to the rest of us?
> At 05:30 AM 10/25/01, Tom Melkonian wrote:
>> > Does anyone know how I can use XSL to count the number of
>> > characters in an
>> > XML document.
>> If you're only interested in characters within text nodes, then
>> count(string-length(/))
> Nope -- this will get you an error since the argument of count() must be
> a node-set, and string-length() returns a number.
> (Now, I know you know this, but I just don't want any credulous newbies
> to get confused.)

The following appears to work:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="";

   <xsl:output method="text"/>
   <xsl:strip-space elements="*"/>

   <xsl:template match="/">
     <xsl:value-of select="string-length(child::*[1])"/>



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