[xsl] lookup table keyed by position

Subject: [xsl] lookup table keyed by position
From: Kevin Rodgers <kevin.rodgers@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 13:02:59 -0700
I tried to build a lookup table that would convert 2-digit month numbers
to their 3-letter abbreviation like this:

<xsl:variable name="months">

And given a variable in YYYY-MM-DD format, I can get the abbreviation
with this expression:

$months/abbrev[number(substring($yyyy-mm-dd, 6, 2))]

Then I tried to index the table like this:

<xsl:key name="months-by-position" match="abbrev" use="position()"/>

And look up the abbreviation with this expression:

key('months-by-position', number(substring($yyyy-mm-dd, 6, 2)), $months)

But my output indicates that for all of the '02' through '12' numbers,
the key function returns an empty sequence, and for '01' it returns a
sequence of all the abbrev elements (which are serialized with a space
between them).

It seems that the context node when position is evaluated is the months
element, not the individual abbbrev elements.  Can this be made to work
as I want?

Kevin Rodgers

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