Re: self axis vs .
Following are the relevant definitions from the XPath 2.0 spec. <quote> the self axis contains just the context node itself . is known as, "context item expression". A context item expression evaluates to the context item, which may be either a node (as in the expression fn:doc("bib.xml")/books/book[fn:count(./author)>1]) or an atomic value (as in the expression (1 to 100)[. mod 5 eq 0]). The context item is the item currently being processed. An item is either an atomic value or a node. When the context item is a node, it can also be referred to as the context node. </quote> I am able to understand this. You could point to sections worth discussing. On 6/6/08, Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > An interesting practice I've come across at a client's site is instead > of using . they use self:: instead... > > So instead of: > > <xsl:apply-templates select="." mode="other"/> > > you have > > <xsl:apply-templates select="self::elem" mode="other"/> > > and instead of: > > .//whatever > > you have: > > self::elem//whatever > > While it seemed a little odd to start with, their argument of it helps > locate where you are (especially when . is far away from the match > pattern that's normally used to discover the current node) is > beginning to grow on me... > > > -- > Andrew Welch > http://andrewjwelch.com > Kernow: http://kernowforsaxon.sf.net/ -- Regards, Mukul Gandhi
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