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If you want the unique value for each attribute with XSLT it is a problem
of grouping and sorting, and you can use xsl:key.

For instance you can declare a key :
   <xsl:key name="valuesOfRend" match="@rend" use="."/>
(or <xsl:key name="valuesOfRend" match="//hand" use="@rend"/> if you want
only the @rend in <hand>)

And then output the different values :

   <p>Different value of @rend:</p>
   <xsl:for-each select="//*[count(@rend | key('valuesOfRend', @rend)[1]) =
1]">
         <xsl:value-of select="@rend" /><br />
   </xsl:for-each>

But doing this for each attribute is quite boring. For consistency of
element, etc., perhaps this rules could (and should) be express via a DTD.
If it possible the best tool is a DTD and a validating parser.

> It's almost possible to write a fairly simple Perl script to do this
> just operating directly on the XML files, but it won't properly handle
> XML containing tags within comments, CDATA sections, and so on.

With XML::SAX you have both Perl and proper access to the XML content. By
"tags within comments", if you mean tags commented out with <!-- -->, I
believe it can't be handle by any parser, as the content of a comment is
parsed as raw text.

Sylvain