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Re: [xsl] XSLT grouping(?) issue

From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@------------.--->
To: xsl-list@-----.------------.---
Date: 12/22/2008 5:38:00 PM

>You've given me hope by saying it is solvable. Will this new 
>XML-fragment allow you to show me how? That would basically save 
>christmas for me...

That's irresistible.

As Mike suggested, this problem is ready-made for XSLT 2.0 group-starting-with.

An XSLT 1.0 solution is not complicated, but it is subtle:

<xsl:key name="item-by-group"
    (preceding-sibling::StartOrderGroup |

<xsl:template match="Orders">
   <xsl:apply-templates select="StartOrderGroup"/>

<xsl:template match="StartOrderGroup">
   <xsl:apply-templates select="key('item-by-group',generate-id())" 

<xsl:template match="Car | Bus | Truck" mode="out">
   <xsl:value-of select="local-name()"/>
   <xsl:text> - </xsl:text>
   <xsl:value-of select="Id"/>

<xsl:template match="StartOrderGroup | EndOrderGroup" mode="out"/>

Notice that this ignores the Id elements on the StartOrderGroup (the 
system generated ID is more robust for these purposes), and ignores 
EndOrderGroup elements altogether. The trickiest thing is the way the 
key matches elements to an EndOrderGroup when they fall after a group 
ends but before the next group starts, so they can be skipped.


>Car - 2
>Car - 3
>Bus - 4
>Truck - 9

At 05:37 AM 12/22/2008, you wrote:
> > The problem is solvable with XSLT, provided your input XML
> > is well
> > formed. But your input is not a valid XML document.
> >
> > for e.g., <Id=1/> is not a valid XML fragment, and
> > XML parser
> > complains about it.
>My mistake, I apologize. When I simplified my XML I made it more bad 
>formed than it really is...
>   <StartOrderGroup>
>     <Id>1</Id>
>   </StartOrderGroup>
>   <Car>
>     <Id>2</Id>
>   </Car>
>   <Car>
>     <Id>3</Id>
>   </Car>
>   <Bus>
>     <Id>4</Id>
>   </Bus>
>   <EndOrderGroup>
>     <Id>5</Id>
>   </EndOrderGroup>
>   <Car>
>     <Id>6</Id>
>   </Car>
>   <Truck>
>     <Id>7</Id>
>   </Truck>
>   <StartOrderGroup>
>     <Id>8</Id>
>   </StartOrderGroup>
>   <Truck>
>     <Id>9</Id>
>   </Truck>
>   <EndOrderGroup>
>     <Id>10</Id>
>   </EndOrderGroup>

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