how to handle structured data from Java
I need to pass an attribute value to a Java method implemented by a co-worker and save the resulting object in a variable (since it's a relatively expensive operation), then access the object's string components. Should I write an extension function in Java to call his method and convert the object into a DOM Node that would be stored via <xsl:value-of name="variable" select="extension:function(@attribute)">? How would I then access its subnodes -- via select="$variable/component-x"? Or is there a better way? I'm using Xalan, but would like to implement this in as portable a fashion as possible -- will EXSLT help? Thanks, -- Kevin
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