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  • You’re defining two identity copies, one on the root element and one for everything else; why? Next, you write a template for //* which is equivalent to matching * (but I haven’t slept and it’s 6AM, so I might be making a mistake). And finally, you say making the D nodes sort together with all the others would be a lot of work, when actually it’s less work than you’re already doing. Overall:


    • Huh, the order of templates is not supposed to matter, but if I switch the order of the templates above, then it doesn't work anymore. If you change the "*" template to "//*", then it works again. Which probably explains why I had "//*" in my first template. Code:


      use strict;
      use warnings;

      use XML::LibXML;
      use XML::LibXSLT;

      my $parser = XML::LibXML->new();
      my $xslt = XML::LibXSLT->new();

      my $source = $parser->parse_string(<<'EOT');
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

      • Aha...from the docs []:

        It is an error if this leaves more than one match. An XSLT processor may signal the error; if it does not signal the error, it must recover by choosing, from amongst the matches that are left, the one that occurs last in the stylesheet.
        • So it would probably be better to put an explicit priority on the "*" template.
          • Or use something more restrictive than node() in the identity transform to avoid matching elements, eliminating the conflict in the first place. The types a node can have are element, text, comment and processing instruction. Matching any node except elements therefore translates to XPath as “text()|comment()|processing-instruction()”. Another, possibly better way to write that (certainly a shorter one) is “node()[not(self::*)]”. (The predicate “[]” constrains the node()