Re: [xsl] Select attribute using a variable

Subject: Re: [xsl] Select attribute using a variable
From: Abel Braaksma <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 11:10:19 +0100
strawks wrote:

I have a variable named property and I want to select an attribute using this variable.

Basically :

You cannot do it like this, as XSLTProc is saying: it is a syntax error (after the double colon should be a node name (QName) not a variable name). Instead, if you want to check the name of an attribute and then select that attribute, try this:

select="/document/styles/style[@name=$style_name]/@*[name() = $property]"

If there are more <style> nodes with an attribute "name" with the value of $style_name, this may return more than one attribute, depending on the XSLT version. If you need to do something for each <style>, use templates instead of an absolute XPath.

-- Abel Braaksma

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