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XSLT, RDF, fragment identifiers

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  • Subject: XSLT, RDF, fragment identifiers
  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 10:47:14 -0400

xslt rdf
[This question crosses XSLT, RDF, and general web architecture, so
xml-dev seems like an appropriately cross-cultural place to post it.]

Does XSLT (in 1.0 or 2.0) have an understanding of fragment identifiers?

I'm dealing with a case where information looks like:

<foaf:knows rdf:resource="#ben"/>
<foaf:knows rdf:resource="#bitworking"/>
<foaf:knows rdf:resource="#clkeller"/>

All of those rdf:resource attributes act like IDREFs, pointing elsewhere
in the same document, but of course they're not IDREFs - and the IDs to
which they point are rdf:ID attributes, which aren't declared with a

Hunting around on Google didn't bring much up, but then fragment
identifiers aren't exactly the most exciting stuff.  I'm thinking that I
can solve this particular case with some XPath string tweaking and keys,
but I seriously doubt XSLT is an appropriate environment for parsing
URIs to figure out where to look and what to take.

(Except maybe with the xpath1() scheme [1], of course, but that's highly

This seems to make XSLT even less appropriate for working with RDF than
I'd originally thought, though I'd be happy to be shown wrong in this

[1] - http://simonstl.com/ietf/draft-stlaurent-xpath-frag-01.txt

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org


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