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   RE: [xml-dev] XSLT stylistics query

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You can use the XSLT current() function if you prefer this to using
variables. (Some people prefer variables). You can also make do with a
single variable:

 <xsl:for-each select="document($cfgschema)/ConfigSchema/RootSection">
   <xsl:variable name="x" select="." />
   <xsl:variable name="SectTypeDef"


<xsl:for-each select="document($cfgschema)/ConfigSchema/RootSection">
   <xsl:variable name="SectTypeDef"

I would actually tend to write this as:

<xsl:for-each select="document($cfgschema)/ConfigSchema/RootSection">
   <xsl:variable name="SectTypeDef"

unless there are many SectionTypes, in which case I would use a key.

XSLT coding questions are probably better discussed over on xsl-list at

Michael Kay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon Kissane [mailto:skissane@gmail.com] 
> Sent: 08 February 2005 06:46
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] XSLT stylistics query
> Hi,
> When I write XSL stylesheets, I often find myself writing code like
> the following sample:
> <xsl:template name="check-root-sections">
> <xsl:for-each select="document($cfgschema)/ConfigSchema/RootSection">
> <xsl:variable name="SectName" select="@Name" />
> <xsl:variable name="SectType" select="@Type" />
> <xsl:variable name="SectTypeDef"
> select="document($cfgschema)/ConfigSchema/SectionType[@Name=$S
> />
> <xsl:variable name="SectInstance"
> select="document($srcdoc)/Config/Section[@Name=$SectName]" />
> ....
> Notice that I declare these two variables, $SectName and $SectType. My
> purpose in doing
> so is because inside the [ ... ] operator, according to my
> understanding, the context node changes to the node before the
> operator. So, if I want to find something in my original context node,
> before the [ ], I need to assign it to a variable first. (In fact, in
> the above example, the two context nodes belong to entirely different
> documents...)
> Is there a cleaner way of doing this? Some XPath syntax to enable me
> to say "the context node previous to the current top of stack..."? If
> there was such a syntax, my code would be a lot cleaner, since I
> wouldn't need so many variable declarations.
> Cheers
> Simon Kissane
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