[XML-SIG] Re: [4suite-dev] incremental XSL transformations

Uche Ogbuji uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com
Sat, 08 Mar 2003 13:19:55 -0700

Felix Breuer wrote:

>I am looking for a XSLT processor that supports the following mode of
>  * a source DOM tree to be transformed
>  * a XSLT stylesheet
>  * apply the stylesheet to the source tree to obtain a result DOM tree
>  * obtain a mapping from the source tree to the result tree which maps
>    elements/text nodes in the source tree to the set of elements/text
>    nodes which have been generated from them by means of an XSLT
>    template
>On changes in the source DOM tree:
>  * incrementally modify the result tree accordingly
>  * update the mapping
>For more on such incremental transformations see:
>Now my question is: Does 4XSLT or any other Python XSLT processor
>support such a mode of operation or could be extended to support such a
>mode of operation?

That's a neat idea.

4XSLT does not support such a mode, nor do I know of any other processor 
at all, regardless of language, that does.  I think it could be extended 
to support this by instrumenting all the XSLT element classes to 
maintain a mapping from source node IDs to result sub-trees, and using 
clever analysis to sync these in future based on this mapping.

This is not a feature I forsee in the near future for 4Suite, but it 
sounds like it would be a neat project for someone else to take on.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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