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Re: apply-template inside xsl:variable returns a docu

Subject: Re: apply-template inside xsl:variable returns a documentFragment with a child node tree
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 11:10:05 GMT
Re:  apply-template inside xsl:variable returns a  docu
If you are using XSLT1 then if you use xsl:variable with content rather
than a select attribute then it makes a "result tree fragment" the only
thing you can do with an RTF is copy it to the output or use it as a
string, you can not use XPath to query into its structure.

this is an annoying limitation that is (will be) gone in XSLT2 and
almost all XSLT1 engines (with mozilla being an exception) offer a
node-set() extension function that will convert a result tree fragment
to a node set (consisting of a single  root note, /)  so you could then
do something like


Note that this is a _copy_ of the element in your source file not the
original element as would have been selected if you'd gone


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