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Para element ??

Hi Jeni and All..

I know I must be missing the obvious, but what
exactly is a para element...
I see it on the books and on the lists, but I have
search high and low and have not found a very
good definition of it.

Is it similar to "foo-bar" or is para an actual
wild card for something ??

I have quoted a reply from Jeni Tennison below
that talks about "para" element.

|-----Original Message-----
|From: owner-xsl-list@lists.mulberrytech.com
|[mailto:owner-xsl-list@lists.mulberrytech.com]On Behalf Of Jeni Tennison
|Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2001 3:13 AM
|To: Mohammed Rahman
|Cc: XSL-List@lists.mulberrytech.com
|Subject: Re: [xsl] How to perse the whole source document
|Hi Mo,
|The XSLT is parsing the entire source document, it's just that you're
|only accessing part of it.  You're stepping through the content of a
|section element one node at a time in order to group the para
|elements.  However, when you find a para element, you're only moving
|on to the next para element with the same name - if there isn't one
|you stop, so the section elements afterwards are ignored.
|Perhaps it'd be better to try a different approach - apply templates
|to everything and test within a template what you need to do.  So,
|when you find a section element, create a sid and apply templates to
|everything inside it:
|<xsl:template match="section">
|   <sid>
|      <xsl:apply-templates />
|   </sid>
|When you find a para element, test whether its preceding sibling is a
|para element with the same name as it has - if it is, do nothing, if
|it isn't, do all the funky stuff you want to do with the para element:
|<xsl:template match="para">
|   <xsl:variable name="as" select="@name" />
|   <xsl:if test="preceding-sibling::para[1]/@name != $as">
|      <text name="{$as}">
|         <xsl:apply-templates select="." mode="content" />
|         <xsl:copy-of select="document('doc2.xml')
|            /TableName/RecordName[normalize-space(name) = $as]
|            /*[not(self::name)]" />
|      </text>
|   </xsl:if>
|<xsl:template match="para" mode="content">
|   <xsl:copy-of select="node()" />
|   <xsl:text>&#xa;</xsl:text>
|   <xsl:apply-templates mode="content"
|      select="following-sibling::*[1][@name = current()/@name]" />
|I hope that helps,
|Jeni Tennison
| XSL-List info and archive:  http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list