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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: TW <zupftom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 10:09:04 +0100
Re:  Is it legal to do <xsl:copy-of  select="element/@a
2011/2/9 Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>:
>> 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.
>

In my eyes it still leaves room for interpretation.  If the section
was called "Creating Attributes" then it would be clearer, or
expressed in "situation matching pseudo-xsl":

<!-- This is how it can be interpreted -->
<template match="add attribute[with xsl:attribute]">
  replace any existing attribute with the same expanded-name
</template>

<!-- This is what's probably meant -->
<template match="add attribute">
  replace any existing attribute with the same expanded-name
</template>

(I hope you're getting the idea.)

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