Returns a sequence of
xs:anyURI values representing the URIs in a URI
The zero-argument form of the function returns the URIs in the default URI collection described in .
If the value of
$arg is a relative
xs:anyURI, it is resolved
against the value of the base-URI property from the static context.
$arg is the empty sequence, the function behaves as if it had been
called without an argument. See above.
The single-argument form of the function returns the sequence of URIs corresponding to the supplied URI in the available URI collections described in .
By default, this function is deterministic. This means that repeated calls on the function with the same argument will return the same result. However, for performance reasons, implementations may provide a user option to evaluate the function without a guarantee of determinism. The manner in which any such option is provided is implementation-defined. If the user has not selected such an option, a call to this function must either return a deterministic result or must raise a dynamic error .
There is no requirement that the URIs returned by this function should all be distinct, and no assumptions can be made about the order of URIs in the sequence, unless the implementation defines otherwise.
A dynamic error is raised if no URI is supplied (that is, if the function is called with no arguments, or with a single argument that evaluates to an empty sequence), and the value of the default resource collection is absent.
A dynamic error is raised if a relative URI reference is supplied, and the base-URI property in the static context is absent.
A dynamic error is raised if available resource collections provides no mapping for the absolutized URI.
A dynamic error
may be raised if
$arg is not
In some implementations, there might be a close relationship between collections (as retrieved
fn:collection function), and URI collections (as retrieved by this function).
For example, a collection might return XML documents, and the corresponding URI collection might return
the URIs of those documents. However, this specification does not impose such a close relationship. For example, there
may be collection URIs accepted by one of the two functions and not by the other; a collection might contain
items that do not have any URI; or a URI collection might contain URIs that cannot be dereferenced to return any
Thus, some implementations might ensure that calling
fn:uri-collection and then
fn:doc to each of the returned URIs delivers the same result as
fn:collection with the same argument; however, this is not
In the case where
fn:uri-collection returns the URIs of resources that
could also be retrieved directly using
fn:collection, there are several reasons why it
might be appropriate to use this function in preference
fn:collection function. For example:
fn:unparsed-text function rather than the
In XSLT 3.0 it allows the documents in a collection to be processed in streaming mode using the
It allows recovery from failures to read, parse, or validate individual documents,
by calling the
fn:doc (or other dereferencing) function within the scope of try/catch.
It allows selection of which documents to read based on their URI, for example
they can be filtered to select those whose URIs end in
.xml, or those
that use the
An application might choose to limit the number of URIs processed in a single run,
for example it might process only the first 50 URIs in the collection; or it might
present the URIs to the user and allow the user to select which of them need to be
It allows the URIs to be modified before they are dereferenced, for example by
adding or removing query parameters, or by redirecting the request to a local
cache or to a mirror site.
For some of these use cases, this assumes that the cost of calling
fn:collection might be significant (for example, it might involving
retrieving all the documents in the collection over the network and parsing them). This
will not necessarily be true of all implementations.