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Re: A beef with XSLT Sometimes too complicated

Subject: Re: A beef with XSLT Sometimes too complicated
From: "andrew welch" <andrew.j.welch@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:13:24 +0100
Re:  A beef with XSLT Sometimes too complicated
On 7/14/06, Nic James Ferrier <nferrier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

>> Is there a cleaner / simpler way to do this?  Any chance you can do
>> this in one line?
> In xslt2:
> <xsl:variable name="bg_img" select="if(normalize-space($all_vars))
>  then 'background_bright' else 'background_faded'"/>

I hate the idea of 2 'if's in a language.

I disliked it too when I first saw it... It always looks a complete mess to the untrained eye, possibly because traditional indentation is not usually applied, possibly because double quotes get split over multiple lines.

However once you've used a few if-then-else's and a couple
for-in-return's you quickly learn to love them and life without them
just seems so long winded, as pointed out by the OP with a
choose-when-otherwise in a variable.

There are many great features of 2.0, and this is definitely one of them, IMHO.

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