[2.0] `min()`

Returns the smallest value in a given sequence.

xs:anyAtomicType`min(`

`xs:anyAtomicType*`

xs:anyAtomicType`)`

`min(`

,`xs:anyAtomicType*`

`$collation as xs:string`

`)`

A sequence of values. The optional collation is only used if
the items in the sequence are `xs:string`

s.

The minimum value in the given sequence. The `min()`

function works with the
following types of values: numeric values (`xs:integer`

, `xs:double`

, `xs:decimal`

, and `xs:float`

), `xs:string`

, `xs:boolean`

, `xs:date`

, `xs:dateTime`

, `xs:time`

, `xs:yearMonthDuration`

, and `xs:dayTimeDuration`

(but
*not* `xs:duration`

).

Given a sequence of numeric values, the XSLT processor returns the smallest number, converting datatypes as necessary. Given a sequence of durations, the XSLT processor returns the shortest of those durations. Given a sequence of strings, the XSLT processor returns the string that appears first in sorted order.

The `min()`

function
assumes you’ll send it a sequence containing sensible data; if
not, the XSLT processor throws an error. Asking for the minimum
value in the sequence ```
(xs:yearMonthDuration('P4Y2M'), 'strawberry',
3.14)
```

returns an error, as you’d expect.

Some notes about how the `min()`

function works are as
follows:

To find the shortest of a sequence of durations, the values must all be

`xs:dayTimeDuration`

s, or they must all be`xs:yearMonthDuration`

s. You can’t mix the two types of durations; if you do, the XSLT processor throws an error.If any of the items in the sequence are of type

`xs:untypedAtomic`

, the XSLT processor ...

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