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Re: avoiding assignment statements

Subject: Re: avoiding assignment statements
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 14:28:36 GMT
Re:  avoiding assignment statements
xslt works rather better if you have structured input rather than a fixed
set of flat variables. If you had a parameter show that took a list of
elements say <Replicates/><Metadata/>  then you could just do
<xsl:for-each select="$show">
 <xsl:if test="position()!=1">, </xsl:if>
 <xsl:apply-templates select="."/>

where templates macching Replicates woul ddo whatever your pseudo code
Output("Reps") does.

or in xslt2 you could just have again a single parameter which takes a
sequence of strings rather than elements, and again for-each over that.

As it is, with scalar params, it's a bit easier to handle in xslt2, as
you can easily turn it into the above

<xsl:variable name="show" as="element()*">
<xsl:if test="showReplicates=1"><Replicates/></xsl:if>

in xslt1 you could do the same with the node-set extension that most
systems offer.


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