[Bug 6346] New: fn:number() example


           Summary: fn:number() example
           Product: XPath / XQuery / XSLT
           Version: Recommendation
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Functions and Operators
        AssignedTo: mike@saxonica.com
        ReportedBy: mike@saxonica.com
         QAContact: public-qt-comments@w3.org

The second example for fn:number() (section 14.4.1) is:

fn:number($item2) returns NaN.

Now $item2 (scroll up to the start of section 14) is bound to an element of the

    <description> ... </description>
    <price> ... </price>

Since we are told that quantity is typed as xs:decimal, we must infer that this
element is schema-validated, and it therefore seems highly likely that the
line-item element would be defined with element-only content. In this situation
I believe number() should fail with a type error; because although number()
itself is resilient to casting errors, the atomization of the argument is done
under the function calling rules and will fail in the case of element-only

I think it would be better to use a different example, say
number($item1/description) (having given this element some non-numeric

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Received on Saturday, 3 January 2009 16:37:18 UTC