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Re: [xsl] Recursive walk up tree

From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@---------------->
Date: 11/25/2003 12:06:00 PM

The axis you want is the ancestor axis:

<xsl:for-each select="ancestor::*">
<td><xsl:value-of select="@name"/></td>

The ancestor nodes are traversed by the for-each in document order 
(top-down), but since you're only putting out spacers that's okay here.

You can find more about the ancestor and ancestor-or-self axes in any 
decent introduction to XPath location paths (and you should really do this 
before asking hundreds of people on the list).

Good luck,

At 01:52 PM 11/25/2003, you wrote:
Hi folks,

Can somebody please let me know of an XPATH expression on how to recursively
walk up a tree.

I have a tree of directories in an XML
  <directory name=blah>
    <directory name="blee">
      ... to arbitrary depth

I need to put each element into a <tr> and a <td> for each level.


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