Re: How recursively iterate over entire document?
At 06:47 PM 8/11/2005, you wrote:
Thanks for your response. Sorry, I neglected to say that I am using XSLT 2.0. As for generating stylesheets to generate stylesheets... that's an idea I hadn't thought of. That gives me some new possibilities to think about.
Yes, I think you're more or less going to have to go in that direction.
I can do this sort of thing fairly easily with DOM, but I really wanted to use the advanced xpath 2.0 features that are not available to me there.
Right. DOM and the XSLT data model were defined for quite different purposes with quite different processing models. XSLT is explicitly designed to be "side-effect free", so as to be able to do nifty things like start styling a document from the middle, or process multiple template rules in parallel. What you are intending to do, on the other hand -- modifying the source document while it is in process -- is the Big Daddy of Side Effects. That's why you're having to use an extension function, evaluate(), even to get at your requirement.
I'll keep hacking at it... maybe it will be a DOM/XSLT hybrid solution.
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