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Re: Simple suggestion for XSLT

From: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>
Date: Sun, 09 May 1999 14:19:09 +0700
Message-ID: <373536EC.C61A3A65@jclark.com>
To: "Laurent M." <laurent_m@hotmail.com>
CC: xsl-editors@w3.org, xsl-list@mulberrytech.com
Why would this be useful given that

substring-after(substring-after("1999/04/01", "/"), "/") returns "01"

and

substring-before(substring-after("1999/04/01", "/"), "/") returns "04"

and

concat(substring-before("1999/04/01", "/"),
       "/",
       substring-before(substring-after("1999/04/01", "/"), "/"))
returns "1999/04"

?

"Laurent M." wrote:
> 
> I don't know if it is worth a dime, but here it is:
> 
> 6.2.5 Strings
> 
> The functions substring-before() and substring-after() only work with the
> FIRST occurrence of the first argument, wouldn't it be interesting to have
> a symmetrical couple of functions working on the LAST occurrence.
> Something like
> 
> reverse-substring-before()
> Returns the substring of the first argument that precedes the LAST
> occurrence ...
> ex: reverse-substring-before("1999/04/01", "/") returns "1999/04"
> 
> and
> 
> reverse-substring-after()
> Returns the substring of the first argument that follows the LAST
> occurrence ...
> ex: reverse-substring-before("1999/04/01", "/") returns "01"
> 
> I understand the functionality could be implemented using extension
> functions, but a 'native' version would be available across all XSLT
> implementations.
> 
> What about also accessing the "04" (in "1999/04/01") ?
> 
> Apologies if someone already made the same suggestion (I found no evidence
> of it the xsl-editors list).
> 
> A good day to everyone, and a big kudos for the great work.
Received on Sunday, 9 May 1999 03:29:35 GMT

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