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Anu NairSubject: Column Span Problem
Author: Anu Nair
Date: 22 Mar 2006 03:03 AM
I am having a problem in XML transformation to XSL-FO.
The problem is with transforming a table cell which has to span 2 or more columns.

Below is the XML for the same.
<colspec column-name="x" column-width="25%"/>
<colspec column-name="y" column-width="50%"/>
<colspec column-name="z" column-width="25%"/>
<cell colstart="y" colend="z">data2</cell>

The problem is I have to get the column numbers (start and end) and subtract to arrive at the number-columns-spanned for the table cell.
I tried doing this:
1. Loop through the colspec tags to check whether the column name matches with the end column name.
2. If column names match, set the fo:table-cell attribute "number-columns-spanned" to the end column number (using position()).
3. Loop through the colspec tags again to match the start column.
4. If columns match, get the current value of attribute number-column-spanned and subtract the start column number from it.
This would be the columns spanned value.

<xsl:template match="cell">

<xsl:variable name="endcolumn" select="@colend"/>

<xsl:attribute name="number-columns-spanned">
<xsl:for-each select="../tbody/colspec">
<xsl:if test="$endcolumn=@colname">
<xsl:value-of select="position()"/>

<!--i am getting the current value of the no.-cols-spanned attribute here-->
<xsl:variable name="nocolspan" select="number-columns-spanned"/>

<!--getting the start col number and subtracting from current value of attribute to get the new no.-cols-spanned value-->
<xsl:variable name="startcolumn" select="@colstart"/>

<xsl:attribute name="number-columns-spanned">
<xsl:for-each select="../tbody/colspec">
<xsl:if test="$startcolumn=@colname">
<xsl:value-of select="$nocolspan - position() + 1"/>


However, this approach doesn't seem to work. Could someone help me proceed with this?
Thanks in advance,

Minollo I.Subject: Column Span Problem
Author: Minollo I.
Date: 22 Mar 2006 08:55 AM
You may want to consider asking generic XSLT questions on the xsl-list mailing list, which specializes in general-purpose XSLT issues.

See http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list/

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