[xsl] Re: Selecting First Letter

Subject: [xsl] Re: Selecting First Letter
From: "Dimitre Novatchev" <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 21:30:34 +0200
Hi Wendell,

> Not foolproof, but
> match="text()[starts-with(ancestor::p,.)]"
> would usually work (and would most probably perform better).
> So today's XSLT Challenge is to write a better match for this problem.

This is a nice match pattern, but I think it must be:


Also, evaluating it might be somewhat inefficient in cases when a "p" has
many text-node descendents.

Due to this consideration I would propose:


Of course, for this to work whitespace-only nodes must be stripped by a

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


Dimitre Novatchev.
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