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Re: [xsl] xsl:number

From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@---------------->
Date: 2/14/2002 7:00:00 AM

At 11:16 AM 2/14/02, you wrote:
We need to generate a fairly reshuffled version of
that as output (and with lots of layout, btw), i.e.

                <chap id="m">1. ..</chap>
                <chap id="2">2. ..</chap>
                <chap id="3">3. ..</chap>
                <chap id="4">(n-1). ..</chap>
                <chap id="1">n. ..</chap>

The reshuffling depends on complex criteria and is content
based. What we'd like to have is a monotone increasing number
for the output chapters, with hierarchical numbers for subchapters
(not depicted above). It seems like xsl:number is not an
appropriate tool for that?!

No, but since it appears it would be the tool if not for the reshuffling, I 
agree that a two-pass approach seems like a clear and simple way to go.

The only solutions I can think of are either based on feeding
the output of one stylesheet into another one or on using xslt1.1,
i.e. builing an ordered nodeset first and processing this a
second time, which is essentially using two stylesheets.

I wonder if there is a "purer" way to do it.

Is there any practical reason why you can't do that? It doesn't seem 
"impure" to me: rather purer, in fact, than writing some monster code to 
infer numbering based on some order not expressed directly in the document.

Where's David C. when you need him?


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