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Subject: Re: Select All Except First and Last
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:23:19 -0500
Re:  Select All Except First and Last

On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM, Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Glad we agree on this. In XSLT 2.0 one can have exactly the same kind
> of question with the only minor difference that it is about a sequence
> of items.
> Therefore, the fact that people are proposing more general solutions,
> doesn't mean they have forgotten about the XPath 2.0 "except"
> operator.

Indeed it does not!

I can plead only that my original claim, "no one ever remembers
'except'", was something of a Cretan paradox, since evidently someone
did. :->

Cheers, Wendell

> Cheers,
> Dimitre
> On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM, Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Dimitre,
>> On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> extent except (extent[1],extent[last()])
>>>> I know, not so funny. Or memorable, since apparently no one ever
>>>> remembers 'except'. :-)
>>> Except that this is only defined for sequences of nodes, while the
>>> other answers would also operate on arbitrary sequences.
>> True. IIRC the OP stipulated the problem using EAD 'extent' elements,
>> not in the general case. :-)
>>> Another potential issue: doesn't "except" cause deduplication?
>> It will, and it will also sort nodes into document order; again here
>> that's not a problem.
>> Cheers, Wendell
>> Wendell Piez | http://www.wendellpiez.com
>> XML | XSLT | electronic publishing
>> Eat Your Vegetables
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> Cheers,
> Dimitre Novatchev
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