Re: [xsl] Attribute of greatest value from a node set

Subject: Re: [xsl] Attribute of greatest value from a node set
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 13:55:38 -0400

At 01:32 PM 9/28/2007, you wrote:
 you don't say if teh input is known to be sorted, if it is (in xslt 1
 or 2)
if the input is not known to be in the right order then (in xpath 2)

And again, there's a fancy workaround in XSLT 1.0:

<xsl:for-each select="$nodes">
  <xsl:sort select="sort"/>
  <xsl:if test="position()=1">...</xsl:if>

... which is squirrely, but then that comes with the territory of 1.0.

This trick is written up in several places. Someone thought of it in the old days of XSLT 1.0, as an alternative to a recursive template call (whew).


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