Re: [xslt] key() in match pattern of xsl:key

On 2005-12-11 14:26:32 -0500, Joel E. Denny wrote:
> To be clear, I'm not concerned with minor performance improvements
> for my current project. On the other hand, I did try replacing the
> referenced key() with an EXSLT user function. Assuming a key is
> implemented as a hash, this changes the (one time) referencing key
> computation from O(n) to O(n^2). That is, the EXSLT user function
> has to re-search the entire document upon every invocation whereas
> the referenced key() may be constant time. For large XML input, I'm
> not sure that's going to cut it with any XML processor.

I haven't looked at your specific problem, but I think that *some*
O(n^2) -> O(n) optimizations can be done with two passes, by storing
a temporary RTF, that could be used as a nodeset in the second pass.
With XSLT 1.0, this solution really needs two passes, by calling the
XSLT processor twice, but with EXSLT, you can use the function that
converts a RTF into a nodeset.

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