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Re: Is it legal to do <xsl:copy-of select="element/@a

Subject: Re: Is it legal to do <xsl:copy-of select="element/@attribute"/>?
From: Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 23:26:41 -0800
Re:  Is it legal to do <xsl:copy-of  select="element/@a
> That's precisely what I was loosely quoting.  But that section's
> heading says "Creating Attributes with xsl:attribute" and doesn't
> specifically mention that the same behavior is expected for copying
> attributes using xsl:copy-of (neither does the section about
> copy-of[1]).
>
> Thomas W.
>
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-xslt-19991116#copy-of


I guess that the wise people who authored the spec didn't want to be
redundant -- copying attributes nodes under a created element is
actually adding copies of thes attribute nodes to the element -- and
the restrictions of adding attributes are already defined in the
quoted section about creating attributes.


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On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 10:51 PM, TW <zupftom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 2011/2/9 Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>:
>>> Can I rely on the rule for <xsl:attribute/>
>>> being applied that says, when adding an attribute, any already
>>> existing attribute of the same name is replaced?
>>
>> Yes, the XSLT 1.0 specification
>> (http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-xslt-19991116#creating-attributes) B is
>> precize about this:
>>
>> "Adding an attribute to an element replaces any existing attribute of
>> that element with the same expanded-name"
>>
>
> That's precisely what I was loosely quoting. B But that section's
> heading says "Creating Attributes with xsl:attribute" and doesn't
> specifically mention that the same behavior is expected for copying
> attributes using xsl:copy-of (neither does the section about
> copy-of[1]).
>
> Thomas W.
>
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-xslt-19991116#copy-of

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