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XSLT Feature Request: template for xsl:sort and xsl:key

From: G. Ken Holman <gkholman@cranesoftwrights.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 14:52:56 +0100
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To: XSL Editors <xsl-editors@w3.org>
Hi folks!

I would like to be able to specify an evaluation template for xsl:sort so 
that I can use <xsl:choose> to conditionally specify the value by which I 
would like a node sorted.  Since there is no conditional construct in 
XPath, I am unable to influence the sorted position using a conditional 

This has come up in writing a stylesheet for a topic map where an href 
attribute value may be either an internal reference to a topic or an 
external reference to a fragment: if I determine it is an internal 
reference (the substring before the '#' is empty), then I want the sort 
value to be obtained de-referenced from the topic, otherwise I want the 
sort value to be the href itself.

I could do this along the lines of:

   <xsl:sort order="descending">
       <xsl:when test="....

In the same way I could use conditionals for the use= expression of 
<xsl:key> if the absence of the use= attribute implied the calculation of 
the template.


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

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