Re: Re: Counting nodes efficiently
Thanks again. I hope that the right term will prevail through being more frequently used. Cheers, Dimitre Novatchev [XML MVP], FXSL developer, XML Insider, http://fxsl.sourceforge.net/ -- the home of FXSL Resume: http://fxsl.sf.net/DNovatchev/Resume/Res.html "Wendell Piez" <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:18.104.22.168.0.20040219153834.03539f98@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > At 03:01 PM 2/19/2004, you wrote: > >Using only "forward" is insufficient -- a tree is 2-dimensional (this is why > >there are many possible traversal orders) and we use two independent axes -- > >"ancestor" and "preceding". > > Of course. :-> But what makes this traversal interesting and different is > that instead of relying on XSLT's built-in traversal of child nodes > collected as a node list, it explicitly steps forward one node at a time. > In the default traversal, the forward part is implicit (and as you know, > XSLT requires only that the result come out *as if* the nodes are traversed > forward in document order). > > Since natural language rarely finds it practical to describe and specify > all distinguishing characteristics of a given case, we usually encapsulate > them by using a code or label that only hints at them -- and rely on > context (as always) to disambiguate the rest. If the term sticks, it comes > through use to denote all the particulars (because repeated use within a > community of practice allows it to "carry its context with it"). Of course > you know all this, which is why you asked for a native speaker's advice ... > because what constitutes a good hint in a given case, before a term has > established itself, is hard. > > Anyway, glad to help. Words are fun. > > Cheers, > Wendell > > > ====================================================================== > Wendell Piez mailto:wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > Mulberry Technologies, Inc. http://www.mulberrytech.com > 17 West Jefferson Street Direct Phone: 301/315-9635 > Suite 207 Phone: 301/315-9631 > 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 > > XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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