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Subject: Re: [xsl] Xpath Syntax Issue
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:01:42 -0300

At 2012-06-23 15:56 -0400, Nathan Tallman wrote:
I've tried this syntax, and tried again, yet the fish persists. Does
it make a difference if in my real-world application, it's not fish,
but a URL that I'm matching?

Not one whit.

But note that Chris is checking the value of the element, not the value of a child text node. It is never a good idea to use text() for checking an element in a match. You would only address text() in a match when you need to work on the text node content itself (say, for transliterating some characters).

My guess is that you were trying to use text() somewhere in your XPath expression and that messed things up.

I hope this is helpful.

. . . . . . . Ken

On Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM, Christopher R. Maden <crism@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
> On 06/23/2012 03:48 PM, Nathan Tallman wrote:
>> <xsl:template match="pets/animal/species[text()='fish']"/>
> This template matches the species element, not the animal element.
> Try
> <xsl:template match="pets/animal[species='fish']"/>
> Or better,
> <xsl:template match="pets/animal[normalize-space(species)='fish']"/>
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