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RE: www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/#element-copy-of

From: <David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 10:13:02 +0100
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Thanks Michael, Jeni.
 I'm satisfied on this one
regards DaveP


> If you are producing text output, I would imagine that you 
> could always use
> xsl:value-of, since you presumably don't want elements and 
> attributes in the
> output. The xsl:value-of instructions retains its separator attribute.
> 
> We removed the separator attribute from xsl:copy-of because 
> with the new
> sequence construction semantics in XSLT, it became very 
> complex to specify
> how many nodes were generated in the presence of the 
> separator attribute.
> For example,
> 
>   <xsl:value-of select="1,2,3,4" separator="|"/>
> 
> produces a single text node, so people might also expect
> 
>   <xsl:copy-of select="1,2,3,4" separator="|"/>
> 
> to produce a single text node. But then what would:
> 
>   <xsl:copy-of select="//thing" separator=","/>
> 
> produce?
> 
> We also felt that users would be frustrated that they 
> couldn't do things
> like:
> 
>   <xsl:copy-of-select="//para" separator="<hr/>"/>
> 
> The use cases for introducing a text separator when copying nodes, as
> distinct from atomic values, seemed slim, so we took the facility out,
> purely to keep the spec simpler.
> 
> Michael Kay
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk [mailto:David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk] 
> > Sent: 12 May 2003 11:45
> > To: public-qt-comments@w3.org
> > Subject: www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/#element-copy-of
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > This draft contains:
> > 
> > <xsl:copy-of
> >   select = expression
> >   copy-namespaces = "yes" | "no"
> >   validation = "strict" | "lax" | "preserve" | "strip"
> >   type = qname />
> > 
> > 
> > In the previous draft the separator attribute was present.
> > 
> > In generating a pipe separated list in XSLT with text method 
> > output, I found that attribute very useful.
> > 
> > What alternative replaces it please?
> > If none,
> >   what was the justification for its removal?
> > 
> > Regards DaveP.
> > AC RNIB
> > 
> > **** snip here *****
> > 
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