RE: [xsl] TOC despair

Subject: RE: [xsl] TOC despair
From: "John Meyer" <jmeyer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 19:13:32 -0500
Hmm, I don't think that will quite work, because the extra newline needs
to occur after the very last child section occurring in document-order
(ie, the most deeply nested one). I think you're best bet would be

<xsl:if test=". = ancestor::chapter[1]//section[position()=last()]">

This wont necessarily give you the best performance, but should do the
trick for the general case.

If you need better performance, and I cringe whenever I see the ancestor
axis followed by // operator like this, I would use apply-templates to
each section. You can then recursively pass a parameter indicating
whether the section is the last child. This also lets you specify
indenting patterns with a bit more precision.

John Meyer
Senior Software Engineer
Clinician Support Technology
1 Wells Avenue, Suite 201
Newton, MA 02459

-----Original Message-----
From: Binkley, Peter [mailto:Peter.Binkley@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 6:50 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [xsl] TOC despair

How about test="position() = last()" in the "section" template? You
also need to test whether the parent is a chapter instead of another


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gustaf Liljegren [mailto:gustaf.liljegren@xxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 4:43 PM
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [xsl] TOC despair
> This shouldn't be hard, but I can't get it right. I'll try to 
> give enough info. The XML structure looks something like this:
> <book>
>   <chapter>
>     <section>
>       <section/>
>     </section>
>   </chapter>
> </book>
> One section may contain other sections an so on. The problem 
> is in the TOC generation, where I want a little space after 
> each chapter, like so:
> Chapter 1: Elephants....................2  <-- chapter
> African Elephants.......................2  <-- chapter/section
>   Serengeti.............................3  <-- 
> chapter/section/section Indian 
> Elephants........................4  <-- chapter/section
>                                            <-- space here, 
> please Chapter 2: Tigers.......................5
> How do I say in XPath "the last section in this chapter"? 
> Here's my try, that won't work:
> <xsl:template match="section" mode="toc">
>   ...
>   <xsl:if test="count(following::section) = 0">
>     <xsl:attribute name="margin-bottom">1em</xsl:attribute>
>   </xsl:if>
>   ...
> </xsl:template>
> Thanks,
> Gustaf
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