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Re: Flat to Structured: Handling List Items with Subo

Subject: Re: Flat to Structured: Handling List Items with Subordinate Paragraphs
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 17:08:55 -0400
Re:  Flat to Structured: Handling List Items with  Subo
Hi Eliot,

Yeah, sibling recursion was something we had to resort to before we had native grouping constructs, to allow XSLT to see structural relations where it only had contiguity.

These days, grouping-based solutions using group-adjacent, group-starting-with and group-ending-with are available; they are much easier to get one's head around and much much easier to abstract, generalize, encapsulate and maintain, which you are very much likely to want.

As a consequence, sibling recursion of the classic sort is hardly necessary in XSLT 2.0. Structural induction becomes a special kind of grouping problem.


At 04:31 PM 5/26/2009, you wrote:
Hmmm--took me a minute to see the boolean(@container) in this line:

<xsl:for-each-group select="*" group-adjacent="boolean(@container)">

So that has the effect of creating a group for each continguous sequence of
contained things, which is certainly a characteristic I can impose on my
data (I control both the set of named styles and how they map to the
annotations added the <p> elements in the data being processed).

Given that, I think I should be able to process the group of contained
things with recursive for-each-groups.

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