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RE: Is recursive markup good? bad? supported? not supported?

  • From: "David Lee" <dlee@calldei.com>
  • To: "'David Carlisle'" <davidc@nag.co.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:33:57 -0500

RE:  Is recursive markup good? bad? supported? not supported?
Yes ... no doubt that works.
Although the real issue is more subtle (I don't want to bother the list with
the details).    But what's harder than the XSLT is the schema.
Defining a truly recursive schema with the same element names that take on
different meanings (and attributes and allowed children !) depending on
their depth is a tough one.  Local elements declarations can help, but when
the XML simply wasn't designed with schema in mind its not fun.

Anyway my whole point to this sub-thread was that sometimes (IMHO) use of
recursive structures can be (ab)use and should really be thought out better.

David A. Lee

-----Original Message-----
From: David Carlisle [mailto:davidc@nag.co.uk] 
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 4:31 AM
To: dlee@calldei.com
Cc: 'Andrew Welch'; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re:  Is recursive markup good? bad? supported? not

On 11/12/2011 17:12, David Lee wrote:
> match="block"
> match="block/block"
> match="block/block/block"
> ==============================
> Yes but try to that  for an arbitrary deep occurrence.


probably works in practice, or if you really need to check that all the 
blocks are direct children of each other then

match="block[every $i in 1 to $n satisfies ancestor::*[$n]/self::block]


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