Re: xproc as an alternative to Apache ant

On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM, Dave Pawson <> wrote:
> What about using them?
> IMHO the xslt model is ideal?
> defined in xml, used as $variableName
> Then when I import (or bring into the pipeline) the variables,
> I can resolve one against the earlier ones?
> <var name='x' value='$x/a/b'/>

You can refer to variables and options in xpath expressions, so you
could do this:

<p:variable name="$foobar" select="concat($foo, $bar)" />

using as many variables or options as you want. But you have to
predefine your 'compound' variables in your pipeline; you can't do it
dynamically at runtime.  Is that what you're talking about?

On a related note:  It would be nice if there were the equivalent of
XSLT attribute value templates, so we could avoid the verbose
"p:with-option" language.  For example, instead of this:

  <p:with-option name="href" select="concat($base_dir, '/',
$output_dir, '/', $output_file_name)" />


<p:store href="{concat($base_dir, '/', $output_dir, '/', $output_file_name)}" />

I assume that it was considered and discarded for some good reason,
but I'm curious to know what it is.  AVTs would make pipelines much
less verbose.


Received on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 13:37:02 UTC