Re: [xsl] RE: FO - How to group and sort in XSL:FO on a sibling values

Subject: Re: [xsl] RE: FO - How to group and sort in XSL:FO on a sibling values
From: Liam R E Quin <liam@xxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:02:01 -0500
On Thu, 2012-12-13 at 11:27 +0000, Chris Booth wrote:
> [...]
> I am struggling with Axis on the Xpath and how to group and sort.

Search for muenchian grouping.

Or, download Saxon and use XSLT 2, which has grouping built in; Michael
Kay's "XSLT and XPath 2.0" book has examples, and there are also
examples in the XSLT 2 spec on (don't use the
XSLT 3 draft though, it's not ready yet!)

> From the XML below, I am looking for a way where I loop over
> Lines/Line and based on the value in LineGroup/GroupCode, if it's the
> first occurance of that LineGroup/GroupCode then display the
> GroupDescription.

This is not XML-Enlightened thinking. Which is not to say that it is
wrong, but that you will find it easier to work with XSLT, XPath and
XL-FO if you shift a little.

There are no procedural loops in XSLT. The for-each instruction actually
defines a mapping from a sequence of input items to a sequence of output
items. Your goal in writing XSLT is to describe the output you want, not
how to get there. So, you must think in terms of the desired output and
of the input as a tree. The whole tree is available to the XSLT

You sent sample XML input but not sample XML output that corresponded to
that exact input, just something generic, and I've no idea what you want
to appear as "line one data" etc., so can't help more specifically,


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C,
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Co-author: 5th edition of "Beginning XML", Wrox, 2012

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