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Old May 18th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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Default Passing nodeset into position() function

I know this is a silly question, but I can't seem to get it.

I need to find the position of an element's ancestor element, in relation to the other elements at the ancestor's level.


        <Question>Question 1
        <Question>Question 2

If I'm currently processing the second <Question> element (Question 2), I need to know the position of its parent Item in relation to the other Item elements inside ItemSet. In this case, it should evaluate to 2.

I've tried this:

<xsl:variable name="itemPos" select="ancestor::Item[position()]" />

but my debugger shows it returning a nodeset, rather than the position.

Old May 18th, 2005, 04:04 PM
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count(ancestor::Item/preceding-sibling::*) + 1

You wrote:


If you don't mind me saying so, that was a pretty wild guess. You're not going to get the answer to this kind of thing by trial and error.

This expression is going to return an Item, not a number; and the predicate [position()] is short for [position()=position()] which is not very useful.

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