RE: [xsl] dynamic sorting

Subject: RE: [xsl] dynamic sorting
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 07:19:31 -0500
At 2004-02-06 00:22 +0100, Peter Billen wrote:
But how do I combine test="self::book:title" with a variable $sort,

You can't ... since you are dealing with strings being passed on the command line, and node tests along axes must be known at compile time, to be namespace-safe you must deal with both components of the name.

Say you have from the command line two parameters:

    <xsl:param name="sort-name"/>
    <xsl:param name="sort-uri"/>

Then you can sort by children with both name components in a namespace-safe fashion for string values using:

    <xsl:sort select="*[local-name()=$sort-name and

Can you see how the above doesn't get impacted by the namespace prefix utilized by the instance?

but test="self::book:$sort" will probably not work

Yes, it will not work. You cannot use a variable in a node test, but you can use a variable in a predicate in most expressions (but not in pattern expressions).

I hope this helps.

................................. Ken

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