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Subject: RE: generating xml from xml
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 14:45:31 -0500
foo xml f1
At 02:27 PM 11/10/2003, you wrote:
Notice that top nodes(Trade, DelTrade) on F0, F1 ..... are not same all the time. And I can't guarantee their names at run time.
Is there any way directly(not depending on its top node) finding nodes F0, F1, F2

match="F0 | F1 | F2" would match any of them, but not F3.

You could write match="*[starts-with(local-name(), 'F')]" but that's both rather lame on purely aesthetic grounds, and itself error-prone. (It'll also match elements named "FinancialData", "Fiona" or "Foo": can you guarantee that won't be a problem?)

The real answer is to write matches to what you *can* guarantee about the nodes you want to match. What's that?


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