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Subject: can't conditionally format first occurence of a node
From: jeremy <jeremy_march@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 19:22:42 -0400
xslt first occurence of
Dear list,

I need to add "<br />" before the first occurance of a node "<sense>".
What I would like to work is this:

<xsl:template match="sense">
<xsl:if test="position()=1">
<br />
<div><xsl:apply-templates /></div>

but as I've now discovered position() doesn't mean the first <sense>
node here like it does if it were a <xsl:for-each...> loop.

I don't think I can use a <xsl:for-each...> because outside of the
<sense> nodes the structure is very free form--i.e. I need to "push
process" rather than "pull process".  I also tried using a global
variable which I would want to change after the first <sense> node:

<xsl:variable name="first" select="1" />
<xsl:template match="sense">
<xsl:if test"$first=1">
<br />
<xsl:variable name="first" select="0" />
<div><xsl:apply-templates /></div>

but this just creates a local $first variable which won't be used for
the next <sense> node.  Is there another way to change the value of
$first after the first time it is used?

Any ideas.


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