[xsl] With or without PSVI
Subject: [xsl] With or without PSVI|
From: Dan Holmsand <holmsand@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 10:38:16 +0200
I've been trying to understand XSLT 2 (with some success). But I'm
having trouble seeing exactly what difference the PSVI information makes.
An example. Suppose the instance document accidentally looks like this:
. . .
and the XSLT Processor decides to accept unvalidated input, and
exclusively uses schemaLocations to assign schema to an instance
document (and the "type exception policy" is "flexible").
What are the conditions on the stylesheet and the instance document for
this transformation to produce the same result as if the correct
namespace for "xsi" had been used?
It seems to me that if you stay away from "instance of", "cast" (and
perhaps a few other related functions/operators), and if your source
document doesn't contain any XSD list types, you would get essentially
the same output (thanks to "automatic" casts). You could also maybe lose
some precision in numerical calculations if a PSVI is produced (since
the calculations could use e.g. xs:float precision instead of xs:double).
Otherwise, all you'd get is a few warnings from the processor about
implicit casts (if you use, say, date functions without explicit date
constructors). But the stylesheet would retain the same functionality.
A couple of questions:
o Am I totally wrong about this?
o In case I'm not: Shouldn't it be possible to refactor the spec?
Something like "If a PSVI is provided you may also use instance of,
xf:data, and count on automagic sequence construction from XML Schema
list types. See http://www.w3.org/TR/horrible-psvi-mess-in-xpath for
o In case I'm wrong: Isn't it incredibly dangerous if the meaning of a
stylesheet changes substantially in case PSVI information is provided?
o In any case: Wouldn't it be nice to see some kind of specification
of exactly what is required to produce PSVI-independent stylesheets?
(and wouldn't it be nice to have an "xf:tokenize" function to be able to
handle list types in the absence of PSVI?).
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