Re: Counting the nesting level of an element

Subject: Re: Counting the nesting level of an element
From: Michel CASABIANCA <casa@xxxxxx>
Date: 15 May 2000 02:23:27 +0200

Xavier Cazin <cazinx@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> I can't seem to be able to resolve this problem by myself: I'd just like to
> count the nesting level of <sect> in my document, in order to affect the
> result to HTML heading levels, so that I get h1, h2, etc...
>  <xsl:template match="sect">
>    <xsl:variable name="sect_nesting">
>      <xsl:number level="any" count="?" format="1"/>
>    </xsl:variable>
>    <xsl:element name="h{$sect_nesting}">
>      <xsl:apply-templates select="title/text()"/>
>    </xsl:element>
>    <xsl:apply-templates select="*[position() > 1]"/>
>  </xsl:template>
> I've tried dozens of patterns to fill the count attribute of <xsl:number>,
> without being able to find the right combination of ancestors, descendants,
> or selfs... Any clue out there?

I think that none of patterns for <xsl:number> will match your needs.
I suggest this code instead :

  <xsl:template match="sect">
    <xsl:variable name="sect_nesting">
      <xsl:value-of select="count(ancestor-or-self::sect)"/>

    <xsl:element name="h{$sect_nesting}">
      <xsl:apply-templates select="title/text()"/>
    <xsl:apply-templates select="*[position() > 1]"/>

It counts the number of <sect> elements that are ancestors of a given

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