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Subject: RE: [xsl] Count - via database or xsl
From: "Andreas L. Delmelle" <a_l.delmelle@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2004 16:09:42 +0100

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Williams
>
<snip />
> From your reply, it looks like you are suggesting is more efficient (which
> is what I supposed I expected really) that the database application that
> will produce the xml file should do the count for us.  Is that right?
>

Up to a certain extent, yes. If you know beforehand the type of nodes whose
number you are going to need and that you're going to access that number a
lot of times.

If you would only need to test once at processing-time whether a certain
type of node exists, however, I see no reason why you wouldn't use an XPath
expression for that (as opposed to having an attribute with value 0
occupying valuable storage space?)

Cheers,

Andreas


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