Used to allow conditional content construction to be made streamable. Outputs the enclosed content only if the containing sequence generates no "ordinary" content.
If the instruction appears in a sequence constructor, it must come after all other instructions.
Although intended primarily to make streaming applications easier to write, the instruction can also be handy irrespective of streaming to avoid evaluating complex conditions more than once.
Permitted parent elements: any XSLT element whose content model is sequence-constructor; any literal result element
The value to be output when the containing
sequence constructor would otherwise deliver an empty result. This may be computed
using either a
Notes on the Saxon implementation
New in XSLT 3.0, and implemented since Saxon 9.7.
The following code generates substitute text when there is no content,
however it is not guaranteed-streamable because it processes child
item-for-sale elements more than once:
To make this streamable, it can be rewritten using the