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 09:54:05 +0100
> But the output changed from something I could publish to something that
> would be very wrong to publish.  And if that change was buried deep in
> the output, well, OUCH because we might not catch it.  That's why I say
> XSL is fragile.

I honestly don't understand your comment here.
You clearly have a processing model in mind that makes this behavior
seem strange, but honestly I don't know what you find strange here.

When you are using push model (that is template matching) then
essentially you are executing the _document_ and each node in the
document fires code that is defined in a matching template.

So saying that changing the template for Name changes the processing at
arbitrary points in the process, whenever <Name> appears is like saying
that if you change a C program and change the definition  of a function 
doname(..) then the processing changes whever the function doname iis
called, and without knowing where or if that function is called, you
don't know what effect changing the function will have. This is all
true, but it's not surprising, and not particular to xslt.


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