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Subject: Re: [xsl] Alphabetical index: unstreamable?
From: "Dimitre Novatchev dnovatchev@xxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 14:05:39 -0000

Without having any details of the source XML document and the required
properties/formatting of the index, I would use a map to hold the
entries of the index and will continuously "update" this map with new
entries as the document is streamed.

This is the main principle also in using accumulators, or just
functions like fold-left().

On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 5:35 AM, Michael MC<ller-Hillebrand
mmh@xxxxxxxxx <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> In documents the content of what will end up in an alphabetical index is
usually authored in the section to which the index term belongs. That is,
index terms are usually all over the place.
>
> When it is time to create an alphabetical index, I see that the XSLT
handling this uses something like
>
> <xsl:call-template name="index">
>   <xsl:with-param name="terms"  select="//indexterm" />
> </xsl:call-template>
>
> and inside the called template all the sorting and grouping is handled.
>
> This is not streamable because there is more than a single downward select
(and it is easy to see that you need everything in memory to create the
sequence of all <indexterm>).
>
> How would you tackle this (in XSLT) if the source data does not fit in
memory?
>
> Thanks a lot for hints,
>
> - Michael MC<ller-Hillebrand
>



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