Re: [xsl] Use 'count' or xsl:variable?

Subject: Re: [xsl] Use 'count' or xsl:variable?
From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 09:04:36 +0000
Hi Marina,

> I have an xml document of books like this...
> and need to count how many titles there are for every instance of
> last_names. Is it better to initialize a variable and increment it
> every time or just use the 'count' part of select?

In XSLT, once a variable has been given a value, you can't change that
variable's value, so it's not possible to increment it. The easiest
way to count nodes is to use the count() function. For example to
count how many books there are with a last_name of 'Austen', you would

  count(/library/book[last_name = 'Austen'])

(although if you're doing this a lot you'll be better off with a key)



Jeni Tennison

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