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Re: [xsl] using name() to generate a tag dynamically in xsl output -

From: mark bordelon <markcbordelon@-----.--->
To: xsl-list@-----.------------.---
Date: 2/26/2010 9:25:00 PM
I was not clear. And I should have posted some xml, so here it is:

   <line id="1" s_len="2.8">
      <word id="1">Thou</word>
      <word id="2">still</word>
      <word id="3">unravish'd</word>
      <word id="4">bride</word>
      <word id="5">of</word>
      <word id="6">quietness</word>,
   <clause id="2" s_len="2.4">
      <word id="7">The</word>
      <word id="8">quick</word>-
      <word id="9">brown</word>
      <word id="10">fox</word>
      <word id="11">jumped</word>
      <word id="12">over</word>
      <word id="13">lazy</word>
      <word id="14">dog</word>,

I want a the xpath which would work in a template match to get the parent node of <word>, no matter what it is, whose @s_len attribute is less than 2.5 seconds.

The template will then compose an element for output, using the tagname of that parent of <word> which met that condition.

This works:
<xsl:template match="clause[@s_len&lt;2.5] | line[@s_len&lt;2.5]">
<xsl:element name="{name()}">
	<xsl:attribute name="id"><xsl:value-of select="@id" /></xsl:attribute>

But it presumes that I know that the parent of <word> is either a node named <clause> or <line>. I am trying to generalize even further and not make that assumption in the match condition.

As I said, I cannot seem to use any axis or axis-like expression, so matches like the following give an error in Altova Spy:

I have tried your suggestions and no node is returned, but I think I was not clear in what I needed. 

--- On Fri, 2/26/10, Christopher R. Maden <crism@m...> wrote:

From: Christopher R. Maden <crism@m...>
Subject: Re: [xsl] using name() to generate a tag dynamically in xsl output - FOLLOW UP
To: xsl-list@l...
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010, 11:50 AM

mark bordelon wrote:
> Experimenting with it lead me to a follow-up question.
> Altova is complaining about any axis or axis-like syntax in my match
> statement. I have also tried word/parent::**[@s_len&lt;0] and various
> others. My idea is to get any node the parent of <word> with that
> condition of its attribute.

I was recently surprised to be reminded that match pattern steps are
restricted in their syntax.  Assuming that the double-asterisk was just
a typo in your e-mail, try *[word and @s_len < 0] instead.

Chris Maden, text nerd  <URL: >
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