Re: [xsl] Complicated Table

Subject: Re: [xsl] Complicated Table
From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 01:27:40 +0100
Hi Millie,

> It's not even slightly clear to me where to start. How do the
> attributes like "numcols" and "numrows" figure in, not to mention
> how do you connect the variable "num" from column_info to the num
> from the rows?

I'd just ignore the numcols and numrows attributes. You don't need
them to turn this XML into an table in HTML or XSL-FO. Just think of
the mapping between the elements in your XML and the HTML or XSL-FO
you want to create. For example for HTML:

         table  =>  table
   column_info  =>  th
           row  =>  tr
        column  =>  td

Then for each of those mappings create a template:

<xsl:template match="table">
    <caption><xsl:value-of select="@name" /></caption>
      <xsl:apply-templates select="column_info" />
    <xsl:apply-templates select="row" />

<xsl:template match="column_info">
  <th><xsl:value-of select="@name" /></th>

<xsl:template match="row">
  <tr><xsl:apply-templates /></tr>

<xsl:template match="column">
  <td><xsl:apply-templates /></td>

Something similar would apply for XSL-FO, but the names of the
elements that you generate would be different.



Jeni Tennison

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