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Re: [xml-dev] XPath/XQuery/XSLT fn:node() question

5.2 Element Nodes


The children of an element node are the element nodes, comment nodes, processing instruction nodes and text nodes for its content. Entity references to both internal and external entities are expanded. Character references are resolved


On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM, David Lee <dlee@calldei.com> wrote:
Could you reference where in the specs that the child axis doesn't contain attributes ?
The best I can find is :

* the child axis contains the children of the context node

And then:
* the attribute axis contains the attributes of the context node; the axis will be empty unless the context node is an element

But nothing I can spot that says attributes are not children.
I 'know' the answer  but I can't find where in the specs its explicit.

David A. Lee

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Carlisle [mailto:davidc@nag.co.uk]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:13 PM
> To: David Lee
> Cc: 'xml-dev@lists.xml.org'
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] XPath/XQuery/XSLT fn:node() question
> On 28/02/2012 18:06, David Lee wrote:
> > I know that the fn:node() function does not select attributes but I
> > cannot find any definitive reference to that.
> It's not actually a function but a node test. It does match on
> attributes, but because you have not supplied an axis it defaults (like
> every other expression) to the child: axis, and their are no attributes
> on that axis.
> attribute::node()
> does select attributes.
> >
> > http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath/#NT-AxisSpecifier
> >
> > I read:
> >
> > child::node() selects all the children of the context node, whatever
> > their node type
> >
>  > But no reference to excluding attribute nodes.
> there are never any attribute document or namespace nodes in the child
> axis.
> David
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