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Subject: Re: [xsl] Looking up keys in a separate xml file
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2004 09:44:55 -0500

At 2004-01-06 02:55 -0500, Scott Anguish wrote:
Your one XSLT stylesheet can match nodes from different documents just by saying:

<xsl:template match="descriptions">......

Where elsewhere in your document you do the push:

<xsl:apply-templates select="document('thedocument.xml')/descriptions"/>

If you have a <descriptions> element in both input files, then you could either use modes or you could qualify an ancestral element that is unique in each file.

I tried that a number of different ways, but still had to fall back to the multiple pass methods... So I'm clearly not understanding...

But you missed what I said later in my message you quoted about setting the context for use of the key function. Note that the processor typically caches documents opened using the document() function so you can repeatedly call it without a performance penalty.

Below is a one-pass solution to your problem ... I hope this time it helps.

................... Ken

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T:\ftemp>type thedocument.xml
<Description name="a"><Para>Description for <subname />With Lookup Name A</Para></Description>
<Description name="b"><Para>Description for <subname />With Lookup Name B</Para></Description>
<Description name="c"><Para>Description for <subname />With Lookup Name C</Para></Description>

T:\ftemp>type scott.xml
<Item><Name>Item A</Name><InsertDescription lookup="a" /></Item>
<Item><Name>Item B</Name><InsertDescription lookup="b" /></Item>
<Item><Name>Item C</Name><InsertDescription lookup="a" /></Item>
<Item><Name>Item D</Name><InsertDescription lookup="c" /></Item>
<Item><Name>Item E</Name><InsertDescription lookup="a" /></Item>

T:\ftemp>type scott.xsl
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"

<xsl:key name="descriptionlookup"

<xsl:output indent="yes"/>

<xsl:template match="Items|Item|Name">
    <xsl:apply-templates select="@*|node()"/>

<xsl:template match="InsertDescription">
  <xsl:variable name="lookup" select="@lookup"/>
  <xsl:for-each select="document('thedocument.xml')">
    <xsl:copy-of select="key('descriptionlookup',$lookup)"/>


T:\ftemp>saxon -o scott.out scott.xml scott.xsl

T:\ftemp>type scott.out
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

      <Name>Item A</Name>
      <Description name="a">
         <Para>Description for <subname/>With Lookup Name A</Para>

      <Name>Item B</Name>
      <Description name="b">
         <Para>Description for <subname/>With Lookup Name B</Para>

      <Name>Item C</Name>
      <Description name="a">
         <Para>Description for <subname/>With Lookup Name A</Para>

      <Name>Item D</Name>
      <Description name="c">
         <Para>Description for <subname/>With Lookup Name C</Para>

      <Name>Item E</Name>
      <Description name="a">
         <Para>Description for <subname/>With Lookup Name A</Para>

T:\ftemp>rem Done!

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