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Re: How can I not include empty elements?

From: Tony Graham <Tony.Graham@MenteithConsulting.com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 13:15:08 +0100
To: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
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On Mon, May 19 2008 00:15:34 +0100, levon@altjira.co.uk wrote:
> In reply to David A's comments, he has made a slight mistake in his
> reply when he says the text() function returns nodes that have
> text. This function will actually return to text node. You would

We are straying from jlr's original post, but David's example was:

   <xsl:for-each select="//artits/artist[text()]">

and his description was "The text() function just selects any node that
has text content."

Strictly speaking, text() is a node test [1], not a function.  The XPath
1.0 definition is:

   The node test text() is true for any text node. For example,
   child::text() will select the text node children of the context node.

The use of text() in '[text()]' means the predicate [2] filters what
would otherwise be selected so that it includes only nodes that have
text node children (since '[text()]' is abbreviated syntax [3] for

So if I were to describe David's select expression*, I'd say the
expression selects only artist elements that have text node children.


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*  W.r.t. the provided XML and after fixing typos in the XSLT

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath#node-tests
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath#predicates
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath#path-abbrev
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