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   RE: [xml-dev] XSLT Element Performence

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To emphasize what others have said, if your stylesheet has a significant performance problem then the difference between these two constructs is not going to make any useful contribution to solving it.
I do find, however, when I tackle a problem like this I like to start by tinkering away at the readability problems first, because after a few iterations of this the actual performance issue becomes much easier to spot.
As regards performance, I find the most important thing is to establish early on is how the stylesheet performance is affected by source document size. This can be done quite simply by creating source documents of a range of different sizes and plotting the elapsed time against size. If the results are non-linear, this tells you to look in the stylesheet for unnecessary document scans, often represented by absolute path expressions starting "/", or by use of the preceding and following axes.
Michael Kay

From: Robert Hansson [mailto:Robert.Hansson@oyster.com]
Sent: 06 July 2004 16:58
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] XSLT Element Performence



I have been taking over a project with thousands of lines of XSLT code that I need to change because of performance and readability problems. About the performance issues I

need someone to tell me which of the following two examples is the best one for performance, what’s the differences and what to think about.


Example 1:


<xsl:element name="div"><xsl:attribute name="id"><xsl:value-of select="@id"/></xsl:attribute></xsl:element>


Example 2:


<div id="{@id}"></div>






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