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Re: A sequence of more than one item is not allowed as

Subject: Re: A sequence of more than one item is not allowed as the value of item
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 12:34:09 +0100
sequence not allowed here
  I think the reason for the confusion here is specifically that two
  adjacent text nodes cannot be implicitly cast (or is that atomized?) to
  a single string.

The two text nodes are not adjacent in the sense of being siblings, they
are just in the same sequence.

In XSLT1 the nearest thing to a sequence of two text nodes is a node set
of two text nodes.

If the current node has two text node children and you go (in 1.0)
<xsl:variable name="foo" select="text()"/>
<xsl:value-of select="$foo"/>
then you don't get an error you get (just) the first text node, with the
second one being discarded.

Given that, I think it would have been virtually impossible to come up
with any scheme for implictly casting a sequence of text nodes to a
string that did not discard all but the first, which probably wouldn't
have been what you wanted either.

If you can't make a 1.0 construct work in 2.0 it's much better to make
it an error than make it silently do something different.

David


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