3.10.3 Stylesheet Import.
"The order of import precedence (lowest first) is D, B, E, C, A.

In general, a declaration with higher import precedence takes precedence
over a
declaration with lower import precedence. This is defined in detail for
each kind of

It is not clear for me why "In general". Why we cannot have it
as a common rule.I don't understand why sometimes we use import
precedence (e.g. in 9.5 Global Variables and Parameters) sometimes
don't (e.g. in 16.4.1 Defining a Decimal Format). I think it should
be explained. If there is no any technical reason to have it just "In
general" ,
we should have common rules - we should use import precedence
(not using import precedence as a "common rule" makes no sense because it
have the same functionality as xsl:include).


lang attribute used in xsl:number(12 Numbering)
and xsl:sort (13.1 The xsl:sort Element) language argument used in
date formatting functions (16.5 Formatting Dates and Times)
format-dateTime, format-date, format-time
The attribute and arguments have common rules "The effective
value of the attribute must be a value that would be valid for
the xml:lang attribute"
The specs define precisely mapping from value of the attribute to ISO 639
and ISO 3166 country codes.

Problem Mapping from a value of the attribute to a variant code is not

A variant code should be constructed from the substring after the second
tag separator
by converting the substring to upper case and replacing all '-' characters
with '_'.
The variant code is ignored, if implementation cannot find a resources for
the variant code
with given ISO-639 language and ISO-3166 country code. A warning message
should be issued
in this case. Changes in behavior caused by the variant are implementation

16.4.1 Defining a Decimal Format

Add attribute lang? = { nmtoken }.
The rules for the attributes are the same as for
this attributes in other elements (e.g. xsl:number).
lang attribute should control default values for attributes:
decimal-separator, grouping-separator, infinity minus-sign, NaN,
percent, per-mille, zero-digit.
(e.g. text "decimal-separator specifies the character used for the
the default value is the period character (.)"
should be replaced with
decimal-separator specifies the character used for the
the default value is default for a given language".

20 Serialization normalize-unicode?  attribute of the xsl:output element
Not clear which normalization forms to use. "NFC"?
Why we should have "NFC" only, if we can support others as in

normalize-unicode? = string
The attribute should follow the rules of the second
argument($normalizationForm   )
of the fn:normalize-unicode

Igor Hersht
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