[xsl] sort problem

Subject: [xsl] sort problem
From: "Edward Maesen" <emmt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2003 13:29:36 -0700
I've run into a sort problem with MSXML4 and wonder if it's a bug in that
processor or expected behavior. Basically, the problem seems to be related
to a sort where the select starts at the document node. See stylesheet and
sample XML below.

The stylesheet (sortTest.xsl):
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
	<xsl:template match="/">
		<xsl:value-of select="'&#x0A;'"/>
		<xsl:apply-templates select="test/content/listgroup"/>
	<xsl:template match="listgroup">
		<xsl:apply-templates select="list">
			<!-- the next sort statement is supposed to sort by @pos, but has no
effect in MSXML4. It does work as expected in MSXML3, Xalan 1.4 and Saxon
6.5 -->
			<xsl:sort select="/test/data/list[@ref=current()/@id]/@pos"/>
	<xsl:template match="list">
		<xsl:value-of select="@id"/> - <xsl:value-of
select="/test/data/list[@ref=current()/@id]/@pos"/> - <xsl:value-of
		<xsl:value-of select="'&#x0A;'"/>

The source XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="sortTest.xsl"?>
		<!-- this is a static pre-defined content section, with list elements that
can be re-ordered by user/session preferences. -->
			<list id="a" name="first">first list in content section</list>
			<list id="b" name="second">second list in content section</list>
			<list id="c" name="third">third list in content section</list>
			<list id="d" name="fourth">fourth list in content section</list>
		<!-- this is a session-specific section (appended by an aggregation step
after page request) which contains the desired order of list elements in the
above content section. -->
		<list ref="a" pos="3"/>
		<list ref="b" pos="4"/>
		<list ref="c" pos="2"/>
		<list ref="d" pos="1"/>

Expected output:
d - 1 - fourth list in content section
c - 2 - third list in content section
a - 3 - first list in content section
b - 4 - second list in content section

Output in MXSML4:
a - 3 - first list in content section
b - 4 - second list in content section
c - 2 - third list in content section
d - 1 - fourth list in content section

In MSXML4 I get the output in document order, in stead of my
desired/expected output. I rewrote the sort select using keys but got the
same result.

I tested in MSXML3, Xalan 1.4 and Saxon 6.5, which gave the desired result.
Did I run into an MSXML4 bug or did the older processors not implement the
XSLT spec correctly? From reading the spec I don't see why my expected
result would not be allowed so I suspect a bug in MSXML4. Can anybody
confirm? Does anyone have a suggestion for a workaround?


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