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   RE: [xml-dev] A parentless element that is not the document node - how?

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> The XSLT 2.0 spec talks about "parentless elements".  As far 
> as I know, there can only be one element in a source document 
> that is parentless - the document node.  Yet, the XSLT 2.0 
> spec seems to suggest that there may be other parentless 
> element nodes.  Can someone tell me what they may be?  

As David Carlisle explained, they are nodes that are not part of any

For example, you can create a set of three parentless attribute nodes

<xsl:variable name="trio" as="attribute()*">
  <xsl:attribute name="colour">red</xsl:attribute>
  <xsl:attribute name="size">big</xsl:attribute>
  <xsl:attribute name="mood">happy</xsl:attribute>

and you can then attach this to an element using:

 <xsl:copy-of select="$trio"/>

and of course you can do the same with element nodes rather than

Michael Kay


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