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From "Michele Vivoda (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (JXPATH-163) String variables cannot be used as indices
Date Thu, 30 Jan 2014 03:58:10 GMT


Michele Vivoda commented on JXPATH-163:


>From XPath specification:

[8]   	Predicate	   ::=   	'[' PredicateExpr ']'	
[9]   	PredicateExpr	   ::=   	Expr

A predicate filters a node-set with respect to an axis to produce a new node-set. For each
node in the node-set to be filtered, the PredicateExpr is evaluated with that node as the
context node, with the number of nodes in the node-set as the context size, and with the proximity
position of the node in the node-set with respect to the axis as the context position; if
PredicateExpr evaluates to true for that node, the node is included in the new node-set; otherwise,
it is not included.

A PredicateExpr is evaluated by evaluating the Expr and converting the result to a boolean.
If the result is a number, the result will be converted to true if the number is equal to
the context position and will be converted to false otherwise; if the result is not a number,
then the result will be converted as if by a call to the boolean function. Thus a location
path para[3] is equivalent to para[position()=3].


I read that if the Expr is a string, it is converted to true if the string is not empty, meaning
'any node' and so the first node is selected, if it were a "node set" selection instead of
a "single node" then all nodes would have been selected. JXPath seems to comply with the spec.

You may probably consider to use  number() to force conversion to a number that then is checked
against the position.



> String variables cannot be used as indices
> ------------------------------------------
>                 Key: JXPATH-163
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons JXPath
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.3
>            Reporter: Alexander Koledzhikov
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: commons-jxpath.patch
> If I have a string variable, I cannot use it as an index in an xpath query.
> For example, if var = "5", this query will return the 1st element, not the fifth:
> /se:someArray[$var]

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