Re: [xep-support] Index Sort Problem (no index output produced when sort statement is used)

From: Chris Cosentino (
Date: Wed Feb 18 2004 - 14:29:50 PST

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    Thanks Ken, that did the trick.

    Thanks for your book too! It has been very helpful. I suppose I should go
    buy a book on XSLT now as well :-)


    At Wednesday 05:10 PM 2/18/2004, G. Ken Holman wrote:
    >At 2004-02-18 13:58 -0500, Chris Cosentino wrote:
    >>I'm experiencing some odd behavior with sort.


    >Yes ... you haven't learned that <xsl:sort/> is an *empty* element ... the
    >select attribute should be a relative specification, but it has *no*
    >content. It is a modifier of the <xsl:for-each> instruction.
    ><xsl:template name="index">
    ><xsl:for-each select="//indexentry">
    > <xsl:sort/>
    > <fo:block font="11pt Times" space-before.optimum="6pt">
    > <fo:wrapper text-transform="lowercase">
    > <xsl:value-of select="."/>
    > <fo:leader leader-pattern="dots"/>
    > <fo:page-number-citation ref-id="{generate-id()}"/>
    > </fo:wrapper>
    > </fo:block>
    >>Obviously I need to read up on XPath a little better for my select
    >>statements, but I still don't understand why nothing is output with even
    >>just a basic sort.
    >All you've done is improperly formed the instruction. Your XSLT processor
    >should have flagged the illegal content to <xsl:sort/> ... it is an empty
    >I hope this helps.
    >................... Ken

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