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Default Help with parsing XML file (substitutions)


I am attempting to parse an XML file using XSLT, and bought the XSLT 2.0 3rd Edition book to help me with this, but so far, I am stuck...

The XML file lists a series of parts, which are parsed during a process. Some parts will refer to a more generic part number (even though a part has a different part number, it could be the exact same part), and I would like to output the generic part instead.

There are actually more than one XML file involved with this, but this is the part I am stuck on right now.

So, example XML:

  <part partNumber="12345678" name="Widget 1" />
  <part partNumber="12312312" name="Widget 2" />
    <part partNumber="ABC123" />
  <part partNumber="ABC123" name="Super Widget" />

What I would like for output is:

  <part partNumber="12345678" name="Widget 1" />
  <part partNumber="ABC123" name="Super Widget" />

Anyone have suggestions on how I should approach this?

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I'm finding it hard to relate your description of the problem to your XML. Where exactly is a part that refers to a more generic part number, and what form does the reference take? And why is part 12312312 (Widget 2) not present in the output?

Michael Kay
Author, XSLT Programmer's Reference and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference

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