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Re: A beef with XSLT Sometimes too complicated

Subject: Re: A beef with XSLT Sometimes too complicated
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:11:59 -0400
Re:  A beef with XSLT Sometimes too complicated
At 05:16 AM 7/14/2006, Nic wrote:
>> 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.

IMHO that makes it even more complicated.

In the past it's been asked whether we should prefer our logic in the XPath or in the XSLT, or if in either/both, how to strike the balance.

IIRC it was Dimitre who asked, and Mike gave a characteristically thoughtful answer, but no reliable principle has emerged.

I think we'll be using our aesthetic sense -- what looks right, assessing clarity and concision in the usual way -- until we have enough experience to derive some rules of thumb.

In any case it's going to be fun to see what kind of programming styles emerge in 2.0.


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