Re: Designs for XSLT functions (Was: Re: RE: syntax su
Hi Uche, > > No, it doesn't. However, in languages where you otherwise have > > side effects (like C) you have to think extra carefully about the > > evaluation order. > > My exact point is that an exsl:if function as you describe above *does* > introduce an order-of-execution side effect. That is why if an exsl:ternary > is debated, I would vote that all arguments must be evaluated regardless of > the value of the selector. Well, now that you have made your own definition of the term "side effect" your statement holds true. However, I've never come across a defintion even close to yours before :-) It's crucial that the conditional operator only evaluates one of it's clauses. Otherwise you could not use it for recursive functions. Also you would need that behaviour particulary when one of the claues had a side effect (using the more common definition :-). This would of course never happen in core XSLT/XPath but you could easily add a extension function which had side effects. Besides, this behaviour would be consistent with conditional constructs in all other languages I know. Also you would need this if you want to test for the exsistence of extension functions like in: function-available ('my:func') ? my:func () : 'some fallback value' With your suggestion this would possible fail in some implementations if my:func wasn't present. Cheers, </David> David Rosenborg Pantor Engineering AB XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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