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Re: [xsl] position last and attributes

Subject: Re: [xsl] position last and attributes
From: Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:02:58 +0100

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM, Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 20/09/2012 07:13, Ihe Onwuka wrote:
>> It would seem (somewhat paradoxically) that given the definition of
>> position() and last() they could be applied to @* which is
>> intrinsically unordered.
> Actually, there is a total ordering relation (document order) over all
> nodes. It's just that for two attributes of the same element (and indeed,
> say, for two elements in different documents) the ordering relation is
> implementation-dependent. So it's not correct to say that they are
> "intrinsically unordered". They are ordered, but not in a predictable way.

Then to me, they are not ordered irrespective of what the implementation does.

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