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Subject: Re: XSLT 2.0 courses?
From: "Wendell Piez wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:37:28 -0000
Re:  XSLT 2.0 courses?

Yup, just like ($a,$b,$c)[1]. Not thinking of the "return all of $a"

For that I might (today) write

( ($a[1] ! $a), ($b[empty($a)][1] ! $b), ($c[empty(($a,$b))][1] ! $c) )

although not before thorough testing, and since it fails the clarity test
it would have to be commented with a short essay ... so I might also use
if/then/else, or XSLT.

Cheers, Wendell

On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 10:17 AM David Carlisle d.p.carlisle@xxxxxxxxx <
xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, 21 Sep 2020 at 15:08, Wendell Piez wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <
> xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Aside from the name question (I'd maybe like first-available()?) the
>> question arises, what would be the difference between
>> first-defined(($a,$b,$c)) and head(($a,$b,$c)) or ($a,$b,$c) => head() as
>> the case may be?
> It would need to be an overloaded function like concat taking any number
> of arguments so first-defined($a,$b,$c)  if you ,-join the lists first you
> no longer can return $a if non empty,  head(($a,$b,$c)) is the head of the
> sequence ($a,$b,$c) which is the flattened sequence of items from $a $b and
> $c so would just return the first item in $a not all of $a.
> David
>> Cheers, Wendell
>> On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 9:41 AM Graydon graydon@xxxxxxxxx <
>> xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 01:25:56PM -0000, Chris Papademetrious
>>> christopher.papademetrious@xxxxxxxxxxxx scripsit:
>>> > Good point. Perhaps this could be handled by chaining them?
>>> >
>>> > $a otherwise $b otherwise $c otherwise $default
>>> I think "otherwise" is fine for the pair case!
>>> It's clearer and easier to read than ($a,$b)[1] and it'll be easier to
>>> search for in documentation.
>>> Chaining otherwise as you propose doesn't strike me as clearer or easier
>>> to read; the location of the implicit parentheses is extremely important
>>> in that example and as soon as the values are the least bit complex all
>>> the parens will likely need to be made explicit.
>>> On the other hand, we've already got a concept of sequence, and commas,
>>> so ($a,$b,$c,$default) => first-defined()
>>> strikes me as clearer and easier to read than chaining "otherwise".
>>> Could even add a two-parameter version so the second parameter defines
>>> how to handle values which are false(). :)
>>> --
>>> Graydon Saunders  | graydonish@xxxxxxxxx
>>> CC&s oferC)ode, C0isses swC! mC&g.
>>> -- Deor  ("That passed, so may this.")
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