Re: [xsl] Apply-templates - how to omit top level element tags?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Apply-templates - how to omit top level element tags?
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 00:32:55 +0100
> Why is using one inline in each place I need it more complicated than
> having to (and debug and maintain) separate templates in each and every

you could say same about C, why use functions when you could inline
everythng, or java, why bother with all those pesky objects and classes. 
templates are the main (only) modularisation of code mechanism in xslt
and using them generakky makes for more easily freusable and
maintainable code. especially in the face of possibly changing input
format. If you have a lot of inlined long xpath selecting specficc
grandchildren then it's much harder to change to code if a revised input
format makes them children or great grandchildren, but if you just use
<xsl:apply-templates/> everywhere and go with the flow it's much easier
to make a stylesheet that can cope with wide variations in input


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