Re: [xsl] Chewy key problem

Subject: Re: [xsl] Chewy key problem
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 21:22:55 GMT
> Consider me to have asked again. 
Still I'll avoid answering that (because explaining the 2 pass version
is easier:-)first do an identity template

<xsl:template match="*">
<xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>

Then add a template to work out your sorting key which is, I think

<xsl:template match"b">
<xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>
<xsl:variable name="x">
<xsl:copy-of select=".//desc"/>
<b sort="$x">

that's all you need the first transform, now you have an intermediate
file that's like your original except every b has a sort attribute.
Now you can just sort/group on that as usual as described in
You are in a better situation now as your grouping key is just a singke
Xpath @sort.

If you are doing this from java you should be able to avoid the costs of
writing out the intermediate document as a file and parsing it back
again and just pass it as an in memory object from the first transform
to the next. The details of that depend on the API you are using (and
anyway there are others who can tell you a lot more about java.


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