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XSLT error with number and format-number functions
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I have found an odd error when using an XSL stylesheet transform. We
have a Notes/Domino application with the following line of code in one
of the stylesheets:

select="format-number(number(ActEmpMoneyValue),'###,###0.00')" />

After transforming an XML document object with this stylesheet, the
value in the XML node ActEmpMoneyValue is not calculated, but a flat
value such as "19.31". After being processed as above on our local
system/codebase, it becomes "19.31", as expected. However, the exact
same code on certain customer systems takes "19.31" and turns it into


As far as I can tell, the only reasonable explanation for this issue is
that the functions are returning an incorrect value. When I changed it
to just use the "number" function, I got the same result - same with
just the "format-number" function. When I used neither, the result was

Has anyone seen similar behavior? If so, how did they get around it?


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Joe Kesselman
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      09-18-2006 Removed) wrote:
> However, the exact
> same code on certain customer systems

.... which are obviously running a different release of something.
(Notes? Java? The XSLT engine, whichever it is? Other?) If you've got
outdated code the first thing to try is upgrading; it may be a
legitimate bug that's already been fixed.

This smells like either a floating-point-math roundoff problem, or a
flat-out bug in the XSLT implementation's math/rendering routines.

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