Re: [xsl] Getting attribute from rootnode...?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Getting attribute from rootnode...?
From: "Ragulf Pickaxe" <jawxml@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 08:55:48 +0000
Thanks! (Didn't mean to keep you out from the last thank you mail).

Does what your mail say, imply that /*/@RootAttributeValue actually searches through every 3 child nodes (in your example) looking for the attribute? Not that this still won't be _way_ more effecient than the other solution, I just want to understand the process...

Ragulf :)

From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: Re: [xsl] Getting attribute from rootnode...?
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 14:50:25 GMT

> Is this the best sollution? It seems that this will check every node for the
> attribute, while I know that it is in the rootnode.

No, you know it is on the document element. Th eroot node (/) is not an
element node it is above that and essentially represents the whole
document. The element node children of the root node are /* (there will
only be one in a well formed document) and you want the attribute of
that which is


would get the attribute of the root node but root nodes don't have
attributes, only children. (note they may have more than one child

<?xml-stylesheet .... ?>
<!-- an example -->


has three child nodes of the root node, a processing instruction, a
comment and an element node.


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