Re: Re: A proposal:xsl:result-document asynchronousatt
>Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 18:33:50 +0000 >From: Francis Norton <francis@xxxxxxxxxxx> >To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx >Subject: Re: Re: A proposal:xsl:result-document asynchronous attribute > >Hi Jeni, > >Jeni Tennison wrote: > >>Note that a side-effect-free version of timestamp is available in >>XPath 2.0: current-dateTime(). During the course of a single >>transformation, current-dateTime() will always return the same >>dateTime. >> >> >Useful and elegant. But useful enough? > >>I wonder what we can do about random number generation. I think that >>having a function like random(seed?) would be possible, with it >>returning the same random number for a given seed. That would allow >>you to do: >> >> <xsl:for-each select="foo"> >> <xsl:sort select="random(position())" data-type="number" /> >> ... >> </xsl:for-each> >> >>to get the <foo> elements in a random order, which would seem to be >>the most frequent requirement for a random() function. >> >Equally elegant. > >I don't know. I want an XML solution for dealing with a world which is >full of XML resources all buzzing with state. Maybe the XSLT model >really isn't up to it and we shouldn't risk breaking it in the process. > >I'm off on holiday tomorrow or a week, maybe I'll think about it when >not incapacitated by excessive consumption of Mojitos. > >Thanks for all the comments - I do appreciate the constructive and >intelligent discussion you get here! > >Francis. > >-- >"Never mind manoeuvre, go straight at 'em." - Admiral Horatio Nelson -- ====================================================================== B. Tommie Usdin mailto:btusdin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Mulberry Technologies, Inc. http://www.mulberrytech.com 17 West Jefferson Street Phone: 301/315-9631 Suite 207 Direct Line: 301/315-9634 Rockville, MD 20850 Fax: 301/315-8285 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Mulberry Technologies: A Consultancy Specializing in SGML and XML ====================================================================== XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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