Re: [xsl] Catch ALL | Failed template rule

Subject: Re: [xsl] Catch ALL | Failed template rule
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:27:14 GMT
> It's much cleaner
> to right a single apply-templates rule.  Uggg.

Actually I can't guess how such a "null template" would work, the model
is that when applying templates the system is just working along a node
set of selected nodes, it never takes any actions that depend on the
particular select attribute that is used, just on the nodes that are
selected. So given an empty node set there's not really much else it
could do but do nothing.

apply-templates are used when the structure of the result is determined
by the structure of the input. (the so called push model of processing)
In your case, it sounds like you want the structure of the result to be
more controlled by the structure of the stylesheet (the so called pull
model) in which case you'd typically use 
<xsl:if test=something>
  <xsl:value-of select=somethingelse>
rather more than you use 


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