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RE: number questions

From: Stephen Deach <sdeach@Adobe.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 10:15:18 -0700
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.20000426101518.012b8e60@mail-321>
To: xsl-editors@w3.org, w3c-xsl-fo-sg@w3.org
This question came up on the public list WRT XSLT, but the same issue
applies to XSL-FO. We should review this in the meeting next week.


>From: Kay Michael <Michael.Kay@icl.com>
>To: "'xsl-list@mulberrytech.com'" <xsl-list@mulberrytech.com>
>Subject: RE: number questions
>Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 09:20:33 +0100
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>The answers I reached when I asked myself the same questions for Saxon were:
>
>> 1. What should be output from the following stylesheet 
>> fragment, assuming
>> that "unknown" is not an element in the current stylesheet:
>> 
>> 	<xsl:number count="unknown" level="any" format="1."/>
>> 
>The number to be output is zero. The way non-positive numbers are formatted
>is not defined by the spec, so I ignore the format attribute and just use
>the same conversion as the string() function.
>
>> when level="any" and no matches are
>> found, the spec doesn't say an empty list should be returned. 
>>  Is this an oversight, or should 0 be returned?
>
>It may be an oversight, but whether intentional or not the rules clearly say
>the answer is zero.
>> 
>> 2. If an empty list should be returned, then should any 
>> format tokens (such as the ".") be output?
>
>Again the rules here are clear, the output should be ".".
>
>> 
>> 3. How about negative numbers:
>> 
>> 	<xsl:number value="-1" format = "1."/>
>> 
>The rules here are undefined, I ignore the format and display the answer
>using string().
>
>Mike Kay
>
>
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