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From: HILLMAN, Tomos <tomos.hillman@oup.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:39:42 +0100
To: "xproc-dev@w3.org" <xproc-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <04E229667EEBCF4E9A075810ECA4665F2BCD231AC5@UKMB02.uk.oup.com>
Hi List,

Apologies in advance for lengthy pseudo-code...

I've got a bit of funny behaviour happening in xproc (I'm running calabash via oXygen), that I'm hoping someone here might be able to shed some light on.

I'm writing a chunking script which pulls out all of the instances of a particular element (let's call it <div>), wraps it in an element (let's call it <doc>) and adds some metadata, so that one of the output files should look something like this:


Original document might look a bit like this:


and we can assume that everything in it has an @id attribute.

All of that works fine.  I then want to pull some information out of the original document based on the ancestors in that document of our <div> element - for instance the ancestor::chapter/@id of the div.

so here's some pseudocode for my pipeline:


<p:input port="source">
	<p:document href="original.xml"/>

<p:output port="result" sequence="true">

<p:identity name="loadDocument"/>

<p:identity name="meta>
	<p:input port="source">
			<meta><ancestorID> </ancestorID></meta>

<p:filter select="//div">
	<p:input port="source">
		<p:pipe port="result" step="loadDocument"/>

<p:for-each name="forEachChunk">

	<p:variable name="divID" select="/*/@id"/>
	<p:variable name="ancestorID" select="//div[@id=$divID]/ancestor::chapter[1]/@id">
		<p:pipe port=result" step="loadDocument"/>
	<p:wrap name="wrapChunks" wrapper="doc" match="/*"/>

	<p:identity name="wrappedChunks"/>
	<p:identity name="resumeMeta">
		<p:input port="source">
			<p:pipe port="result" step="meta"/>

	<p:string-replace name="completeMeta" match="//ancestorID/text()" replace="string($ancestorID)"/>

	<p:insert name="insertMeta" match="/doc" position="first-child">
		<p:input port="source">
			<p:pipe port="result" step="wrappedChunks"/>
		<p:input port="insertion">
			<p:pipe port="result" step="completeMeta"/>


The error message I get here is for an undeclared variable in the 'ancestorID' variable step (the undeclared variable being $divID).

I've also tried using <p:with-option> to evaluate @replace on the 'completeMeta' string-replace step, but this results in an empty string.  I find that particularly weird in that if I then do a count() on the same xpath, it returns the value '1'.

Can anyone suggest a way forward?

Thanks in advance,
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