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Subject: Re: What does name="{name()}" mean?
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 12:37:08 -0500
Re:  What does name="{name()}" mean?
At 2009-12-25 18:29 +0100, Ben Stover wrote:
Sometimes in templates a pattern like the following appear:

<xsl:template .....>
  <xsl:element name="{name()}" ....>
  ....
  </xsl:element>
</xsl:template>

What do the curly brackets and name="{name()}" mean?

That is an attribute value template. It allows you to evaluate an XPath expression during the evaluation of an attribute value.


Not many instructions allow attribute value templates, but you are allowed to use attribute value templates in literal result elements.

In an attribute where attribute value templates are allowed, you can have any number of them, as in:

uri="http://{expr-1}/{expr-2}"

If you want a naked brace bracket in an attribute where attribute value templates are allowed, you double it up (especially important when, say, writing XSLT that writes Ant scripts):

<srcfiles dir="${{sitebasedir}}">

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . . . . Ken


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