Re: The Lazy Syntax for XSLT, or TLSX
Kay Michael wrote: > > > But doesn't that go against the whole spirit of the "XXX" effort? > > If the spirit of the XXX effort is that the only acceptable way of > representing syntactic structure is to use angle brackets, then why are the > words in the above sentence separated by spaces? > Because processing the above sentence correctly requires a wetware co-processor? Actually I'm open to persuasion on the syntax issue, though I think you could do a lot of simplification within XML constraints. Francis. ps: in the absence of the xsl-list archive, who remembers this from James Clark last year?: Francis Norton wrote: > I was thinking of an extension to XSLT (I know, it's too late for this > version). > > Something like: > > <xsl:function name="reverse" namespace:fn="www.redrice.com"> > <xsl:param name="string" /> > <xsl:if test="$string"> > <xsl:value-of select="fn:reverse(substring($string,2))" /> > </xsl:if> > <xsl:value-of select="substring($string,1,1)" /> > </xsl:function> > > so I could then call it with > > <xsl:stylesheet indent-result="yes" default-space="strip" > xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/XSL/Transform/1.0" > xmlns:fn="www.redrice.com"> > > ... > > <xsl:value-of select="fn:reverse('able was I ere I saw Elba')" /> The trouble with that is that functions would only be able to return result tree fragments. I had been thinking of something like: <xsl:variable name="reverse" select="function($s) (concat($s ? $reverse(substring($s,2)) : '', substring($s,1,1)))"/> <xsl:value-of select="$reverse('able was I ere I saw Elba')"/> Something like you suggest would be useful too (I would think of it as a way to call named templates from functions). There are plenty of interesting possibilities for XSLT/XPath v2. XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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