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Re: compound steps and primary inputs

From: James Fuller <james.fuller.2007@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:52:05 +0200
Message-ID: <a0ad8ffe0809260552q3c080490n4405c6f9c2288c67@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Norman Walsh" <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Cc: "XProc Dev" <xproc-dev@w3.org>

On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 2:39 PM, Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> wrote:
> James Garriss <james@garriss.org> writes:
>> I understand what a primary input port is.  What I don't know is how I know
>> that p:for-each has only one input.
> The single (and hence primary) input to p:for-each is spelled
> p:iteration-source (instead of p:input). Similarly, it's spelled
> p:viewport-source on viewport and p:xpath-context on p:choose/p:when.
> Why, you may ask, did we change the spelling in all those places? Why
> not just use p:input there? Well, the answer is, because p:input has
> all sorts of attributes (port, sequence, primary, kind) that don't
> apply in those contexts. For a long time, we tried to make p:input
> work in those places but it was hopelessly confusing.
> Our decision to use a different name obviously introduces some
> confusion too, but I'm pretty confident it's less confusion than if I
> had to explain why some attributes were allowed in some places and not
> others and why some attributes could only have fixed values in some
> places and not others.

this is a nice description ... I would propose paraphrasing this
somewhere in the spec ;)

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