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Re: XSLT Subtract function?
Subject: Re: XSLT Subtract function?|
From: "Dimitre Novatchev" <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 08:43:48 -0700
Do have a look at the
functio in FXSL.
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 4/13/07, cknell@xxxxxxxxxx <cknell@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Yesterday I was tasked to produce a list of records from an Oracle database where the result set contained rows where the value in one of the columns was not one of a long list. (Bear with me, please, we'll get to XSLT in a moment.)
The problem was that the list of values to omit was simply too long for SQL*Plus. So I went to plan B. I selected all the rows from the table in question into an XML document. I prepared a second XML document that contained an element for each of the values to be omitted.
I then wrote a stylesheet with this template:
<xsl:apply-templates select="ROW[not(CODE = $active-codes/ROWSET/ROW/CODE)]" />
So the output contained all the ROW elements in the original document whose CODE child string value didn't match any of the CODE string values in the document containing the values I wanted to omit from the result.
In short, I wanted to subtract the set of values contained in the second document from the first, resulting in a document containing only the non-matching values.
After I finished, it occurred to me that this probably wasn't so unusual a need, and that probably someone had written a general-purpose function for this. What I had in mind is a function that would take four arguments:
1) A base document (base document) [$base]
2) A document containing the values to subtract from the base document (exemplar document) [$exemplar]
3) The XPath to the elment in the base document holding the values of interest. [$base-element]
4) The XPath to the element in the exemplar document holding the values of interest. [$list-element]
The result would be a document with the same structure as the base document containing only those elements which didn't have a matching value.
Here is an example of two documents:
The base document:
The exemplar document:
What I would like is a general-purpose function that would subtract those elements from the first document whose values matched the elements in the second.
I've poked around on Google, but haven't found a useful was to compose the search. Does anyone on the list know of such a function or have you written one? I am reluctant to re-invent the wheel, particularly when mine is not likely to be as round and smooth as an existing one.
cknell@xxxxxxxxxx - email
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