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Subject: Re: What todo when execution order becomes important? I.e.: with text data and filters
From: "Dimitre Novatchev" <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:23:31 -0800
xslt apply filter
Hi Abel,

Could you, please, explain the problem you're trying to solve?

It is not very clear from the original post.

And yes, it is possible to serialize "computations" in XSLT to every extent desirable.

I have an unpublished work dated 2003 (actually just an
implementation) on implementing Monads and I even demoed it to Jeni at
XML Europe 2003.

A simpler example is the "XSLT Calculator"

-- Cheers, Dimitre Novatchev --------------------------------------- Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. --------------------------------------- To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk ------------------------------------- You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play

On 12/19/06, Abel Braaksma <abel.online@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Dear List,

I think I understand a little bit of the parallel execution benefits of
xslt processor and the related execution order which one cannot
influence in any way. I also know that it is guaranteed that the input
source tree follows the same order as the output source tree in some
way. This all works perfectly well in practice. Until today....

Now, when using a temporary result tree (if I got the name correctly)
from a variable, and I need to parse its nodes, yet the content of these
nodes will *not* become part of the result document, then, if the order
*is* important because the order influences the final result tree, how
can I get the processor to follow my order? I've got no clue.

The use-case here is: a chained filter. Where the filter is supplied as
node set to a root variable in XSLT. These filters are then applied
recursively to the the input document, which happens to be a text
document. Sometimes, Saxon appears to follow the input order, but more
often than not, it doesn't. I found out by using  xsl:message.

How can I change my design so that it actually processes the nodes of a
variable in the order that I give him? I hoped that the
"following-sibling" instruction, plus the correct inclusion of the
recursive-ness would do the trick here.... apparently not :S . Any ideas
are welcome.

Here's a sample (simplified, this way it may make little sense for the
chosen approach, but I didn't want to bug you with pages of xslt).

Result if filters are executed in order: 'string with some data'
Result if filters executed out of order (depends): 'string zysith some
daasa' (note the 's')
Note that it may be required to put more filters in place or to make the
input more complex so that the processor actually decides to mix the
order of execution due for efficiency.

<xsl:call-template name="apply-filter" select=" ' string xyzith zzzzome
daaza' " />

<xsl:variable name="filter">
   <filter find="aaz" replace="t" />
   <filter find="xyz" replace="w" />
   <filter find="z+" replace="s" />

<xsl:template name="apply-filter" xpath-default-namespace=""> <xsl:param name="value" /> <xsl:param name="filter" />

       <xsl:variable name="single-filter-result">
           <xsl:analyze-string select="$value" regex='{$filter/@find}'>
                   <xsl:value-of select="replace(., $filter/@replace)" />
                   <xsl:value-of select="." />

       <xsl:variable name="multi-filter-result">
               <xsl:when test="$filter/following-sibling::filter">
                   <xsl:call-template name="apply-filter">
                       <xsl:with-param name="value"
select="$single-filter-result" />
                       <xsl:with-param name="filter"
select="$filter/following-sibling::filter[1]" />
                   <xsl:value-of select="$single-filter-result" />

       <xsl:value-of select="$multi-filter-result" />

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