Re: [xsl] XSLT/XPath Question (Grouping Authors by First Character of Last Name)

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT/XPath Question (Grouping Authors by First Character of Last Name)
From: "Kevin Grover" <kevin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2007 12:41:42 -0800
Excellent! That's exactly what I was trying to achieve. Thanks.

It also seems that this may have answered my other question: about
saving the list of letters so I can iterate over them later (to make
links to the TOC entries.  It looks like I can just take the main
for-each loop and save that code to a variable.  I'll play with it.

I guess I need to play with the <xsl:key/>'s some more.  The code does
not seem obvious to me at all....

Thanks again...

- Kevin Grover

On 3/3/07, G. Ken Holman <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
At 2007-03-03 18:52 -0800, Kevin Grover wrote:
>Perfect.  Thanks.  Just out of curiosity, is this possible
>(practical?) in XSLT 1.0?

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . Ken

t:\>type grover.xml <booklist> <author> <name file-as="Adams, Douglas">Douglas Adams</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Anderson, Kevin J.">Kevin J. Anderson</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Anthony, Piers">Piers Anthony</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Archer, Jeffrey">Jeffrey Archer</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Baldacci, David">David Baldacci</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Ball, Margaret">Margaret Ball</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Bradley, Marion Zimmer">Marion Zimmer Bradley</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Carcaterra, Lorenzo">Lorenzo Carcaterra</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Card, Orson Scott">Orson Scott Card</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Chalker, Jack L.">Jack L. Chalker</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Dahl, Roald">Roald Dahl</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Daley, Brian">Brian Daley</name> </author> <author> <name file-as="Dann, Jack">Jack Dann</name> </author> </booklist>

t:\>type grover.xsl
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl=""; version="1.0">
   <xsl:output method="text"/>

   <xsl:key name="alet" match="author"

   <xsl:template match="/">
    <xsl:for-each select="*/author[generate-id(.)=
      <xsl:value-of select="substring(name/@file-as,1,1)"/>

      <xsl:for-each select="key('alet',substring(name/@file-as,1,1))">
        <xsl:value-of select="name/@file-as"/>

t:\>call xslt grover.xml grover.xsl grover.out

t:\>type grover.out

A Adams, Douglas Anderson, Kevin J. Anthony, Piers Archer, Jeffrey

B Baldacci, David Ball, Margaret Bradley, Marion Zimmer

C Carcaterra, Lorenzo Card, Orson Scott Chalker, Jack L.

D Dahl, Roald Daley, Brian Dann, Jack

t:\>rem Done!

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