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Subject: [xsl] how xslt2 affects usage of programming constructs
From: Bryan Rasmussen <bry@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 17:13:23 +0100

in any language there are likely to be syntax that is used less or more often by
experts in the language than other syntax, often syntactical equivalents exist
for operations and it is preferable to use one instead of the other. in xslt 1
we can see that people hardly ever use attribute sets instead preferring to call
templates, or that it is recommended to use an apply-templates template match
structure for a process that someone less adept at the language might use an
xsl:for-each for instead.

for those of you using xslt 2.0 i would like to know

1. what do you consider to be the most essential constructs of xslt 2.0

2. have these constructs caused you to decrease usage of particular syntax from
1.0 in favor of the new syntax

3. has anyone observed the new ability of being able to increase the logic of
xpath statements has led to a significant decrease in usage of any xslt syntax.

i hope these questions are reasonably clear. i'm somewhat sick now and sometimes
that can lead to more fuzziness than usual. 

Bryan Rasmussen

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