Processing Select Patterns in XSL...

Tyler Baker tyler at
Thu Sep 17 13:47:08 BST 1998

Paul Prescod wrote:

> 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".

Jim's previous post answered all of these questions.  Not being tremendously
familiar with stylesheet languages in the past, I was previously under the
impression that you could only process content in the source tree once.



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