RE: [xsl] Counting nodes up to a certain sibling

Subject: RE: [xsl] Counting nodes up to a certain sibling
From: Mario Madunic <hajduk@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 14:48:56 -0800

If each row ends with linefeed/carriage return (after the columns), I'd suggest
writing a called template that uses the span space as a delimiter. Keep parsing
the supplied line till there there are no longer any span space and content. Or
if you are inclined use something like ant and a regular expression to convert
all span space to something more appropriate.


Quoting cknell@xxxxxxxxxx:

> A sample of your input would make helping you a good deal easier. Is this
> what you're faced with?
> &lt;div&gt;
>   First column&lt;span&gt; &lt;span&gt;Second column&lt;span&gt; 
> &lt;/span&gt;
> &lt;/div&gt;
> If not, please give a sample, not a description.
> -- 
> Charles Knell
> cknell@xxxxxxxxxx - email
> -----Original Message-----
> From:     mclagett@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent:     Thu, 08 Mar 2007 20:45:27 +0000
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> Subject:  [xsl] Counting nodes up to a certain sibling
> Hi -
> I am transforming an input html doc into an xml formatted output stream.  The
> portion of the document I am now working with has been laid out in html as a
> set of columns, but instead of using tables they did it by inserting spaces
> enclosed within span tags (aaarrrggghhh!).  I am attempting to implement this
> simple rule:
> for each span tag that includes a space, take all sibling nodes up to the
> next span tag and output thes within a single output tag. 
> The document is structured such that these will only be text nodes or
> formatting nodes like <i> or <b> or <sub>.  I'm having a hell of a time,
> however, figuring out how to create a node set that includes only nodes in
> between a current span node and its next sibling span node.  I've been trying
> to work with the position() function, but in order to identify the next span
> node, I have to do it with an axis expression and a filter and then
> position() only tells me the position of the node with respect to the
> filtered set.  I need to identify the position of a node matching my
> characteristics in an unfiltered parent node set.  Can't seem to figure out
> how to do it.  Is there a way?
> Thanks for any help anyone can offer.  If this has been answered before, I
> apologize.  I've spent an awful lot of time looking for it.
> Regards,
> Mike  

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