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Subject: [xsl] Will an <xsl:result-document> with no href attribute override the current stylesheet?
From: Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:26:01 -0800

The W3C XSLT 2.0 Specification says (about the href attribute of

"The href attribute is optional. The default value is the zero-length
string. The effective value of the attribute must be a URI Reference,
which may be absolute or relative. There may be implementation-defined
restrictions on the form of absolute URI that may be used, but the
implementation is not required to enforce any restrictions. Any legal
relative URI must be accepted. Note that the zero-length string is a
legal relative URI."

It isn't absolutely clear, but I am interpreting this to mean that no
href attribute is equivalent to:


The rules of resolving a relative literal-URI when applied in this
case should produce the URI of the current stylesheet -- same as

My question is:

Will an <xsl:result-document> instruction with missing or empty href
attribute overwrite the current stylesheet?

Dimitre Novatchev
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