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From "Robert Koberg" <>
Subject RE: [RT] Is speed slow because we use the document() function for skinconf?
Date Fri, 24 Oct 2003 10:27:53 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: news [] On Behalf Of Nicola Ken Barozzi
> Sent: Friday, October 24, 2003 3:01 AM
> To:
> Robert Koberg wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> >>-----Original Message-----
> >>From: news [] On Behalf Of Nicola Ken Barozzi
> >>Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 11:50 PM
> >>To:
> >>
> >>
> >>A note to myself & others: maybe using the document() function in
> >>stylesheets means that every call parses skinconf.xml...
> >
> > In the same transformation, no. Even if you have two:
> >
> > <xsl:apply-templates select="document('something')/root/folder"/>
> > And
> > <xsl:apply-templates select="document('something')/root/page"/>
> >
> > The xml is parsed/brought-into the transformation only once.
> That's what I suspected. The problem is that each file is transformed by
> 4 different stylesheets, and two surely use skinconf.

You mean 4 different transformations, right? As opposed to one primary XSL
and 3 xsl:import/includes.

Yea, I have never understood that. Even though I have been using a site.xml
to build static sites since before XSLT was even a recommendation, I was
told that 'we' know better and that you need all these stages. Don't get me
wrong, you definitely need multi-stage transformations for some things, but
not /simple/ transformations to static html like forrest does (I see no need
of PDFs for print friendly pages). You would really speed up the generation
process if you got rid of 3 of those stages and cache your Templates
object(s). It would probably bring the generation process from minutes to
seconds. You could then transform the site.xml to an Ant build file and do
away with the cocoon burden... 

> That would mean at least two extra parsings for each file being
> processed, hoping that imported files share the instance, or else it's
> up to at least 4.

Yes, the xsl:import/includes share the instance. 


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> Nicola Ken Barozzi         
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