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RE: Re: What is the best way to cast integer to string

Subject: RE: Re: What is the best way to cast integer to string in X SLT2?
From: Andrew Watt <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 15:21:02 +0100
integer to string basic
At 14:26 13/05/2003 +0100, you wrote:
>A "Basic XSLT Processor" supports atomic values conforming to the
>built-in types defined in XML Schema. So you can do things like

>xs:duration("P10H30M") + xs:duration("P12H15M")

>to add two durations.


In other words, to be able to use date / time / duration related functions a newcomer to XSLT 2.0 will need to learn how to write correct (lexical forms of) types such as xsd:date, xdt:yearMonthDuration and so on. I don't see that as an onerous burden. But I can't see how that minor acquisition of new information can be avoided either, except if the stylesheet author chooses to continue to use string-related functions to manipulate dates (as has been the case in XSLT 1.0).

With a Basic XSLT Processor (i.e. one that does not support schema
validation), the nodes in a source document will always be untyped.

Is that correct?

As I read XSLT 2.0 (Section 21.1) element nodes processed by a Basic Processor are annotated with xsd:anyType and attribute nodes with xdt:untypedAtomic. So those nodes are typed, but in such a way as to leave pretty open how they can be used.

I would have expressed it as nodes in a source document will always be typed (as xsd:anyType or xdt:untypedAtomic in the case of a Basic XSLT 2.0 Processor) but they can be used as if they were untyped, assuming they meet the not very onerous lexical constraints.

Andrew Watt

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