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How to exit xsl:for-each loop ?

Posted on 2002-03-07
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Is there a way to exit a for-each loop once a particular node has been found?

Or maybe there is an approach that will give me the node I want in the first place without looping at at?

e.g., I want to retrieve the first car node with make=Honda.

<cars>
<car>
<make>Ford</make>
</car>
<car>
<make>Honda</make>
</car>
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Question by:craigdawson
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wbradney earned 50 total points
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craig,

There are indeed several ways to avoid a for-loop, including but not limited to the following couple:

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl = "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
               version = "1.0" >

    <xsl:template match="/cars">
        <xsl:if test="car[make='Honda']">
            Got the Honda!
            <xsl:copy-of select="car[make='Honda']"/>
        </xsl:if>
    </xsl:template>

</xsl:stylesheet>

It really depends on the structure of you stylesheet and what you expect to do with the node you've found (or failed to find, as the case may be).

Regards,
WMB
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by:b1xml2
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if you want the first car node with the make honda, yes

the full XPath expression would be
/cars/car[make[. = 'Honda']][1]

thus, to get the node concerned
<xsl:apply-templates select="/cars/car[make[. = 'Honda']][1]" />

if you are looking for distinct values as may be the case,

<cars>
<car>
<make>Ford</make>
<model>1234</model>
</car>
<car>
<make>Honda</make>
<model>1345</model>
</car>
<car>
<make>Ford</make>
<model>4567</model>
</car>
</cars>

then you can use keys
=====================
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="windows-1252"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="1.0">
<xsl:key name="car" match="car" use="make" />
<xsl:template match="/">
<div>
<div>Car Makes</div>
<xsl:apply-templates select="//car[count(. | key('car',make)[1]) = 1]" mode="makes">
<xsl:sort select="make" />
</xsl:apply-templates>
</div>
</xsl:template>

<xsl:template match="car" mode="makes">
<div>
 <xsl:value-of select="make" />
</div>
</xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>
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by:b1xml2
ID: 6848973
often, asking for code to break a loop indicates improper coding and potentially, bad performance. You have to get out of the traditional programming mould in order to code XSLT properly as it is not a procedural language and there is no side-effects (as long as you don't use those naughty extensions).
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by:craigdawson
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I used the first suggestion.  Second answer also good.  Thanks all.
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