Re: [xsl] xsl:sort clarification

Subject: Re: [xsl] xsl:sort clarification
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 23:09:04 +0100
> Does this mean that if all sort keys compare equal, a node-set will  
> appear in ascending document order regardless of the 'order'  

That does appear to be what it says, and surprisingly enough that does
appear to be intentional, the xslt2 draft has the same wording but
follows it by a clarifying note:

> If two items have equal sort key values, and the sort is stable, then
> their order in the sorted sequence will be the same as their order in
> the initial sequence, regardless of whether order="descending" was
> specified on any or all of the sort key components.

of course one can always make the final xsl:sort select position() so
that the sort keys are never all idenical and this problem never occurs.


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