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Re: [xml-dev] How to 'invert' an Xpath statement please

> So, I want to know which data is NOT part of my selection, so I can skip the
> highlighting for the first one.

by data you seem to mean text, so for example to find all text nodes
that are not children of an element selected by //NODE/ELEMENT you could

but that doesn't look particularly efficient and in general inverting
NODE/ELEMENT to parent::ELEMENT/parent::NODE may not be trivial.

In xpath2 you could write

//text() except //NODE/ELEMENT/text()

but I'd guess you don't have xpath2 available.

the normal way of writing except in xpath1 is to use generate-id() but
that's an xslt extension to the xpath functions, and it seems that you
want a pure xpath solution not xslt.


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