Processing Select Patterns in XSL...

Paul Prescod papresco at
Thu Sep 17 13:39:48 BST 1998

On Thu, 17 Sep 1998, Tyler Baker wrote:

>     <xsl:process select="../../../heading"/>
> >From what I understand, this would say first go to the third parent node
> of the current node and select all heading elements and process them.
> This would seem to be an error since another template may already have
> processed these heading elements.

What's wrong with processing the same element twice? That is necessary in
many cases (e.g. processing a title in the context of a cross reference, a
TOC, and in its natural locataion)

> Another question is what to do with Absolute Anchors.  I would think
> that for select patterns it would not make sense for this to be allowed
> as the entire template match then has nothing to do with the actual
> processing.  For example if I match a particular element and then select
> a set of nodes who are anchored at the root, this would be like doing
> global processing independent of the match argument.

What's wrong with that? The WD provides an example of where you would want
to do that. Do a search for "CFO". 

 Paul Prescod

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