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Re: Re: generalized unique element

Subject: Re: Re: generalized unique element
From: scruss@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 10:58:41 -0400
Re: Re:  generalized unique element
Laura Jenkins wrote:
> <xsl:key match="*" use="name(.)" name="all-nodes"/>
> ...
> <xsl:if test="count(.| key('all-nodes', name(.))[1]) = 1">
> It works fine, i however do not understand what goes on 
> in the above line..
> I would be thankful if u can please explain me the
> 1.use of count in the above statement.
> 2.especially the use of key('',xx)[1] above ..

It looks like we're building up a table of occurrences for node names in the first statement, then testing to see if this is the first time we've seen that name. The sort of thing that other languages might use a hash table for, somewhere inside a loop:

if ($node{$name} == 1) {
  # do the thing ...

Apologies for the potentially unclear explanation, XSLT is only just beginning to get itself around my head (definitely not the other way around).


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