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Subject: Re: convert large array to several smaller arrays containing max N elements
From: David Everly <deckrider@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 08:12:59 -0700
david everly
On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 06:03:36PM -0500, Wendell Piez wrote:

> Hint: XSLT is not a set of string-writing routines, and it doesn't 
> work by writing tags to the output. Instead, it builds trees.

I'm beginning to understand this.

> you want something like
> 
> <xsl:template match="/">
>   <xsl:for-each select="//WorkOrder/lineService[position() mod 2 = 1]">
>    <topgroup>
>      <xsl:for-each select=".|following-sibling::lineService[1]">
>       <TEABTN>
>          <NPA><xsl:value-of 
> select="normalize-space(tpExistAcctBillTelNo/npa)"/></NPA>
>          <NXX><xsl:value-of 
> select="normalize-space(tpExistAcctBillTelNo/nxx)"/></NXX>
>          <XXXX><xsl:value-of 
> select="normalize-space(tpExistAcctBillTelNo/xxxx)"/></XXXX>
>       </TEABTN>
>   </topgroup>
>   </xsl:for-each>
> </xsl:template>

Yes!  This approach works for me and I now see how this can be done.

> The difference between this and what you had is that it specifies a set of 
> *nodes* to be added to the result *tree* -- not just write a bunch of tags 
> (which hopefully will parse). Not incidentally, the stylesheet template 
> itself is well-formed XML, and will parse.
> 
> It's completely different from, say, the way Javascript writes HTML tagging 
> to browser windows.

Yes, I think this is an important lesson.  Thanks again for your help.

Dave.

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