RE: RE: [xsl] Hello, some problems with XSL-FO

Subject: RE: RE: [xsl] Hello, some problems with XSL-FO
From: cknell@xxxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 11:32:08 -0500
I have looked at a course catalogue a time or two in my life. Here's what I think you want, please correct me if I am mistaken.

For each <course_group> element in "courses_codes.xml" you want to gather all <course> elements in the "courses.xml" document with a <course_group> element whose value matches the value of the <course_group>.

For example, if you had passed "ANTH" as the value of the "group" parameter to your stylesheet, you want an output like this:

Anthropology and Archaeology

The Archaeology of the American Southwest ............................ 2
[Here would be other course titles taken from the <course> elements in "courses.xml", all with "ANTH" as the value of the <course_group> element sorted alphabetically on the <title> element.]

On page 2 (I'm assuming that the "2" at the end of the leader dots is a page number), you want to have all sections of this course (sorted by title) listed for the those <course> element with an "acad_year" attribute whose value matches the value of the "year" parameter you passed to the stylesheet.

I fear that sending you to the explanation of Meunchian grouping may have been a waste of your time. After re-reading your post, I recognize now that the groupings are defined in the file "courses.xml" and that you don't have to synthesize them from the "courses_codes.xml" file.

I don't have my XSL-FO reference books at hand so this sample stylesheet will need work. Let me know if it satisfies the basic need for the table of contents.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="";
  <xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes" encoding="UTF-8" />
  <xsl:param name="group" select="'ANTH'" />
  <xsl:param name="year" select="'2003'" />
  <xsl:variable name="look-up" select="document('courses.xml')" />

  <xsl:template match="/dce_courses">
  <xsl:value-of select="$look-up/courses_codes/course_groups/course_group[@code=$group]/@name " />
    <xsl:for-each select="course[@acad_year=$year and course_group=$group]">
      <xsl:sort select="title" />
      <fo:block text-align-last="justify">
         <xsl:attribute name="internal-destination">
          <xsl:value-of select="generate-id()" />
         <xsl:value-of select="title" />
         <fo:leader leader-pattern="dots" />
          <xsl:attribute name="ref-id">
           <xsl:value-of select="generate-id()" />


Charles Knell
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