In XPath, each `/` says to go down the XML tree hierarchy once, and a
double slash (`//`) says "I don't care how far down I have to go from my
starting position, get me all descendants that match the next thing I
specify". So you can use a slightly more explicit XPath to find what you
`//teiHeader//author` -> "Go to <teiHeader>, then get all its descendant
`//text//author` -> "Go to <text>, then get all its descendant <author>s"
To get counts in pure XPath (you'll have to check if your parser can
handle functions like this), you can use the count function:
`count(//teiHeader//author)` -> "Get a count of the results for
Hope this helps!
Ashley M. Clark
XML Applications Developer
Digital Scholarship Group
Northeastern University Libraries
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On 1/9/17 11:55 AM, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
> I have an XPath question, and more specifically, how can I determine the number of author elements found an a TEI header?
> I would like to create summary files similar to the files created by the late Sebastian Rantz and found on GitHub.  I can easily determine the number of author elements found in an entire TEI file with a Perl-esque XPath statement similar to this:
> $parser->find( “//author" )->size
> But I’d like to know how to limit the finding of author elements to only the teiheader or text elements.
>  see, for example - https://github.com/textcreationpartnership/A00002
> Eric Morgan