RE: [xsl] How to sort attribute?

Subject: RE: [xsl] How to sort attribute?
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 09:09:32 +0100
Thanks for the explanation. That sounds a pretty good reason. If the system
did provide support for this requirement, it would be in the serialization
options. Unfortunately, though, neither the 1.0 or 2.0 serialization specs
give you any control over this, or over other aspects specified in XML
canonicalisation specs, such as the choice of quotation marks around
attribute values or whitespace characters within start tags. I'd suggest you
consider writing your own serializer: most Java-based XSLT processors allow
you to do this.

Michael Kay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Li [mailto:johnli121@xxxxxxx] 
> Sent: 15 August 2005 03:23
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: [xsl] How to sort attribute?
> Hi Michael,
> I implement a parser of one XML related spec. In it, it 
> defines the  format
> of output file clearly.
> "... ... is canonical in the sense that within each child 
> element of the
> root, the attributes are sorted lexicographically, and then 
> those elements
> are sorted lexicographically with respect to the element 
> names and attribute
> values."
> If xerces or xalan cannot do it, that will be a big trouble for me.
> Thanks,
> John
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On
> Behalf Of Michael Kay
> Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005 5:14 AM
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: [xsl] How to sort attribute?
> > I cannot accept to transform attribute to element. What I 
> want is sort 
> > the attribute lexicographic.
> It would be interesting to know *why* you want to do this.
> Is it just for the comfort and convenience of the human reader (an
> acceptable reason, though I fear you will be disappointed), 
> or is it because
> you are sending the XML to a software application that requires the
> attributes to be in a particular order (an unacceptable reason)?
> Michael Kay

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