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  • From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 04 May 2000 12:58:01 +0100

At 00/05/03 18:52 -0700, Kelvin Zheng wrote:
>New to this list.  I am currently working on a style sheet to display a XML
>document with numbering list.

XSL, XSLT and XPath questions would be better posted to the following list:


There are a number of subscribers who would enthusiastically respond to 
such questions.

>For a simple numbering, xsl:number works perfectly. But in our case,  we
>want to skip some of the sibling nodes depends on the type attribute of the

You can define the count= attribute to be any pattern, such as:

     <xsl:number count="section[@shownumber='yes']"/>

Your example is recreated below (without doing the tweaking regarding 
whitespace that I will leave as an exercise for you).

I hope this helps.

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

T:\ftemp>type test.xml

         <section type="title" shownumber="no">
         XML sample
         <section type="index" shownumber="yes">
         <section type="index" shownumber="yes">

T:\ftemp>type test.xsl
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
<xsl:output method="text"/>

<xsl:template match="/">                         <!--root rule-->
   <xsl:apply-templates select="//section"/>

<xsl:template match="section">
   <xsl:if test="@shownumber='yes'">
     <xsl:number count="section[@shownumber='yes']"/>
   <xsl:value-of select="."/>


T:\ftemp>xt test.xml test.xsl

         XML sample


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