Re: characters in xsl
> '//stone' is a 'better match' in the sense that it is more specific. It will not match the root > element if its name would be stone. Thus not all 'stone' elements in the document, but all _child_ > elements (= elements that have a parent) named 'stone'. It works in fact the same as './/stone', > where the current element will not be included if it happened to be a 'stone' element as well. No. The top level element is a child of the document root node / (which is not an element) //stone selects all elements called stone. > To match or select the root element if it is stone, use '/stone'. To match any element stone, just > use 'stone'. To access any stone element in the document, even the root, (at any moment during the > transformation), use '/descendant-or-self::stone'. If you are talking of match patterns you can't use descendant-or-self:: > In short: it usually doesn't make sense to use // in match patterns. And keep in mind that //stone > in select patterns don't include the root element. XPath doesn't have a "root element" only teh document root which encodes the whole document not its top level element. David ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit: http://www.star.net.uk ________________________________________________________________________
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