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Displaying Repeating XML Data Outside Of A Table

Posted on 2010-11-15
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I posted something similar to this yesterday but this is a slightly different question.

I have a simple XML document:

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
<Header>My Title</Header>
<Names>
   <Name>
      <First>Jim</First>
      <Last>Smith</Last>
   </Name>
   <Name>
      <First>Jim2</First>
      <Last>Smith2</Last>
   </Name>
   <Name>
      <First>Jim3</First>
      <Last>Smith3</Last>
   </Name>
</Names>
<Footer>My Footer</Footer>

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All I want to do is have an XSLT document that will present this information as follows (shown below between the "===" lines):

======================
My Header

Jim                                    Jim2                              Jim3
Smith                                Smith2                          Smith3

My Footer
======================

Can someone provide the SIMPLEST XLST for this? I will be using the XSLT to transform the data into a Formatting Object (FO). While I do not think this would affect the XSLT, please let me know if I need to provide any other information. I'm just looking for a way to repeat the "Name" elements and list them across. Ideally I do not want to use any tables--I want the flexibility to present the 3 columns shown above in my own format. In other words, I want to have a block that contains the FirstName and LastName (as shown) and I want three of those blocks presented in order in a single row.

I would appreciate any assistance.

Regards,
Jon500
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Geert Bormans earned 500 total points
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Try this, it makes HTML out of it,
but you very easily replace this with some formatting object code afterwards
(only literals have to change, no logic)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

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

     version="1.0">

    <xsl:template match="/">

        <html>

            <body>

                <xsl:apply-templates select="*/*"/>

            </body>

        </html>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Header">

        <p>======================================</p>

        <p><xsl:value-of select="."/></p>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Footer">

        <p><xsl:value-of select="."/></p>

        <p>======================================</p>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Names">

        <table border="1">

            <tr>

                <xsl:apply-templates select="Name/First"/>

            </tr>

            <tr>

                <xsl:apply-templates select="Name/Last"/>

            </tr>

        </table>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="First | Last">

        <td><xsl:value-of select="."/></td>

    </xsl:template>

</xsl:stylesheet>

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by:Geert Bormans
ID: 34137958
I know about you not wanting a table,
but this way I can show you how to deal with the two lines beneath eachother
I will now directly do the stuff in XSL-FO, to show you the non-table approach

By the way, your source XML is not wellformed (A wellformed XML can only have one root element).
You need to wrap all of that in a container element.
I made it Root, but the XSLT makes the name of that container a wildcard

Here is the source XML I used
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>

<Root>

    <Header>My Title</Header>

    <Names>

        <Name>

            <First>Jim</First>

            <Last>Smith</Last>

        </Name>

        <Name>

            <First>Jim2</First>

            <Last>Smith2</Last>

        </Name>

        <Name>

            <First>Jim3</First>

            <Last>Smith3</Last>

        </Name>

    </Names>

    <Footer>My Footer</Footer>  

</Root>

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by:Geert Bormans
ID: 34138176
Here is a working (tested with FOP1.0) XSL-FO example
Note that again I used a table.
Table in FO with FOP are clumsy, BUT horizontally alligning blocks with absolute positioning is even clumsier)
Note that I needed some calculation because FOP does not support auto layouts for tables
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

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

    xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format" 

    version="1.0">

    <xsl:template match="/">

        <fo:root xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">

            <fo:layout-master-set>

                <fo:simple-page-master master-name="master" page-height="845.0pt" page-width="598.0pt" margin-top="0.0pt" margin-left="0.0pt" margin-bottom="0.0pt" margin-right="0.0pt">

                    <fo:region-body margin-left="45.0pt" margin-top="44.3pt" margin-bottom="40.0pt" margin-right="34.7pt"/>

                    <fo:region-before extent="44.3pt" precedence="true"/>

                    <fo:region-after extent="40.0pt" precedence="true"/>

                    <fo:region-start extent="45.0pt" precedence="false"/>

                    <fo:region-end extent="34.7pt" precedence="false"/>

                </fo:simple-page-master>

            </fo:layout-master-set>

            <fo:page-sequence master-reference="master" force-page-count="no-force">

                <fo:flow flow-name="xsl-region-body">

                    <fo:block-container >

                        <xsl:apply-templates select="*/*"/>

                    </fo:block-container>

                </fo:flow>

            </fo:page-sequence>

        </fo:root>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Header">

        <fo:block>

            <xsl:text>======================================</xsl:text>

        </fo:block>

        <fo:block>

            <xsl:value-of select="."/>

        </fo:block>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Footer">

        <fo:block>

            <xsl:value-of select="."/>

        </fo:block>

        <fo:block>

            <xsl:text>======================================</xsl:text>

        </fo:block>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Names">

        <fo:block>

            <fo:table width="400pt">

                <fo:table-body>

                    <fo:table-row>

                        <xsl:apply-templates select="Name"/>

                    </fo:table-row>

                </fo:table-body>

            </fo:table>

        </fo:block>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Name">

        <fo:table-cell width="{floor(400 div count(../Name))}pt">

            <xsl:apply-templates select="*"></xsl:apply-templates>

        </fo:table-cell>

    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="Name/*">

        <fo:block>

            <xsl:value-of select="."/>

        </fo:block>

    </xsl:template>

</xsl:stylesheet>

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