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   RE: XSL Template

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  • From: "Harbarth, Juliane" <jhb@software-ag.de>
  • To: XML-DEV <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 14:32:22 +0200

> Is there any difference between <xsl:template match="//plant"> and
> <xsl:template match="/.//plant">

The first, i.e. <xsl:template match="//plant"> states, that the
template is instantiated for all 'plant' element descendents of
the document root, i.e. all 'plant' elements in the same document
as the context note. (See XPath draft, 2.3 Abbreviated Syntax).

The second pattern '/.//plant' does not make much sense to me. 
'.//plant' selects all 'plant' element descendants of the context
node, the context node being set to the document root by the 
preceding '/'. So, yes, it is the same.

Regards, Juliane.

PS : It might be better to send questions concerning XSL to the
     XSL mailing list, see XSL-List info and archive:  


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