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How do I generate random numbers with XPATH? by flumpy
Posted: 21 May 02

You would have to extend xpath functions to generate a random number.. something like this:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:inatos="uri://none" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform";; xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas- microsoft-com:xslt">

    <msxsl:script language="JavaScript" implements-prefix="inatos">
        function rand()
             return "" + Math.random();
    <xsl:template match="/">
        <xsl:value-of select="inatos:rand()"/>

Heres something to do too, try to make the function take an argument from a node value , and seed the random number :) Hint: you are passing a node to the function, and therefore have to treat it like a node, not an int!

This only works with MSXML, and you would have to find other ways of doing with other engines...

There are some good pre-made packages to do this sort of thing for other engines at http://www.exslt.org/math/

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