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More XPath Functions

In addition to the XPath functions detailed in this chapter, here are some additional functions you might find useful. For a full list of the functions in XPath Version 1.0, see

x s l t
 <xsl:template match="history">
  <xsl:value-of select="story"/>
  <br /><br />

Figure 4.23. To complete the output of the wonders-master.xml document, I add the story element to the History section. See Figure 4.23 below for a screenshot of the final HTML.

Figure 4.24

Figure 4.24 After all the XSLT and XPath work, here is screenshot of the final HTML output!

Node Functions:

  • name(node-set) returns the first node in the specified node set, and name() returns the name of the current node.
  • id(id-str) returns all the elements that have an ID equal to id-str.

String Functions:

  • contains(str1, str2) returns True if str1 contains str2, otherwise returns False.
  • string-length(str1) returns the number of characters in str1, while string-length() returns the number of characters in the current node.
  • normalize-space(str1) returns str1 with all leading and trailing white space removed, and sequences of white space replaced with a single space. normalize-space() performs the same action on the current node.

Boolean Functions:

  • not(expression) returns True if expression evaluates to False, and returns False if expression evaluates to True.
  • | (a vertical bar; often located above the \ on your keyboard). Although it’s technically not a function, it is used to combine two node sets into one.
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