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RE: p:value-available not as useful as I'd like. . .

From: Philip Fennell <Philip.Fennell@marklogic.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 02:15:33 -0800
To: "xproc-dev@w3.org" <xproc-dev@w3.org>
CC: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>
Message-ID: <D20C296D14127D4EBD176AD949D8A75A1DE953C5@EXCHG-BE.marklogic.com>
Henry,

I'm not familiar with the function p:value-available().
I assume from the example that it's in the 'http://www.w3.org/ns/xproc' namespace.


Regards


Philip Fennell
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Mark Logic Corporation
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From: xproc-dev-request@w3.org [mailto:xproc-dev-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Henry S. Thompson
Sent: 26 November 2009 17:32
To: xproc-dev@w3.org
Cc: Michael Kay
Subject: p:value-available not as useful as I'd like. . .

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The following doesn't work:

  <p:with-option name="foo"
                 select="if (p:value-available('bar') then $bar else xyzzy"/>

because the semantics of if only protect you against _dynamic_ errors
in the branch not taken, and the fact that bar isn't a know (XPath2)
variable is a _static_ error. . .

Wrapping two copies of the whole surrounding step in a p:choose/p:when
seems awfully heavyweight. . .

Any ideas for a workaround (I'm _not_ suggesting a change to the
spec. at this late stage :-)?

ht
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