[xsl] Creating new, distinct groups of ranges from an aggregation of individual ranges

Subject: [xsl] Creating new, distinct groups of ranges from an aggregation of individual ranges
From: "Michael Friedman sumarimike@xxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:06:45 -0000
I'm trying to use XSLT 2.0 to create a new set of grouped ranges based on the
overlap of an aggregation of a set of non-contiguous individual ranges.
Given a range of numbers as an individual set:1. <range>150-202</range>2.
<range>201-225</range>3. <range>201-204</range>4. <range>205-234</range>5.
<range>226-234, 250-260</range>
I'm trying to produce a new grouping based on the way the groups
overlap:150-200 (this is where <range> 1 starts and overlaps to 2 & 3)201-202
(this is where 1 & 2 overlap, and group 1 ends)203-204 (this is where 2 & 3
overlap and 3 ends)205-225 (this is where 4 starts and begins to overlap with
5)226-234 (this is where 4 & 5 overlap and end for the first part of 5)250-260
(this is where the second range in 5 exists)
The start and end point of the individual source ranges form the boundaries.
I expect to end up with a string or variable structure
or: <range start="150" end="200"/><range start="201" end="202"/>etc
Ultimately I have to format some content in XSLFO based on the XML's
participation in the "new" given range grouping. If you know aircraft
effectivity, this is what I am trying to group.
I've been using <xsl:sequence> to find all the numbers of a single range, so I
can do compares against individual numbers in the entire range, if necessary.
But, it seems like it may be easier to just work with the boundaries: the
start and end points and see if a value falls within it, somehow, rather than
iterating repetitively through enumerations of sequences.
I've been searching the archives for a while and have found some evocative
possibilities from Dimitre Novatchev and Michael Kay, but I can't quite find a
way to work with the overlapping. I'm continuing to study their
ranging/grouping examples, but help would be appreciated!
Thanks,Michael Friedman

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