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Package net.sf.saxon.pattern

This package provides classes associated with XSLT pattern handling.

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Package net.sf.saxon.pattern Description

This package provides classes associated with XSLT pattern handling.

The principal classes are:

Pattern:
This represents an XSLT Pattern. There is a static method Pattern.make() which is used to construct a Pattern from a String (it is a factory method rather than a constructor, because it typically returns some subclass of Pattern according to the syntax supplied). Subclasses of Pattern represent different kinds of pattern such as LocationPathPattern and IDKeyPattern. What they all have in common is a match() method, which determines whether a given node matches the pattern. A pattern is not in itself an Expression, but the class PatternSponsor is used to wrap a pattern making it look like an expression for the benefit of the static analysis (allowing the same mechanisms to be used for example to find all the references to a variable).

NodeTest:
This represents a NodeTest within a step of an XPath expression. A NodeTest performs several roles: as well as its use in conjuction with an axis to form a step of a path expression, it acts as an ItemType used in handling type checking of nodes, and (wrapped in a NodeTestPattern) it acts as an XSLT pattern for use in constructs such as the match attribute of xsl:template and xsl:key. A NodeTest is used directly to implement simple patterns such as match="item" or match="*". There are several subclasses of NodeTest, depending on the conditions to be matched: node type, node name, namespace URI, and so on. The class AnyNodeTest matches any node, while NoNodeTest matches nothing. NodeTests can also be combined using the operators of intersection, difference, and union, to describe the more complex types that are sometimes computed by the type checking machinery.

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