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XSLT Variables in Attribute Match Predicates

I tripped over the issue of using a variable as a predicate in an attribute match again today. This has happened to me before and I should know better but it have been a while since I had to do any serious XSLT1 coding. I now mostly work with XSLT2. Since there is not much information on the Internet about this issue, I decided to explain the issue in this post. Consider the following simple XML document: <?xml version="1.0"?> <employees> <employee id="333"> <name>Ciara</name> </employee> <employee id="334"> <name>Christina</name> </employee> <employee id="335"> <name>Kenneth</name> </employee> <employee id="336"> <name>Robert</name> </employee> </employees> Suppose I want