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Subject: Re: apply template within call template
From: "cutlass" <cutlass@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 10:13:05 -0000
cutlass template
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joerg Pietschmann" <joerg.pietschmann@xxxxxx>
To: "XSL List" <xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 9:06 AM
Subject: Re:  apply template within call template

> "cutlass" <cutlass@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> [rearranged]
> > sometimes people confuse recursion with circular references, the above
is a
> > circular reference.
> Jim, i thought you knew better! The code snippet
>   <xsl:template name="test">
>     <xsl:call-template name="test"/>
>   </xsl:template>
> is perfectly legal, and it's recursion. Of course, it would
> run forever provided infinite ressources. In order to make it

recursion never runs forever, as for the XSLT world yes the above is
perfectly legal ( and completely useless, so i have no prob telling someone
to not use it ! ), though i have to admit that allowing something to run
infinately would eventual invalidate the 'no side effect rule'.....

in math terms, u will find that recursion is always considered to 'bottom
out', though admittedly a condition that converges to infinity can be
considered ( in some systems ) a 'bottoming out' as the function attains a
steady state, but unfortunately, if i was being pedantic this still is not
the classic definition of recursion, which of course has been modified
through computer use of the term.

oh well, random useless math knowledge.

chow, jim fuller

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