XSLT <sort>


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<xsl:sort> tag specifies a sort criteria on the nodes.

Declaration

Following is the syntax declaration of <xsl:sort> element.

<xsl:sort 
   select = string-expression  
   lang = { nmtoken } 
   data-type = { "text" | "number" | QName } 
   order = { "ascending" | "descending" } 
   case-order = { "upper-first" | "lower-first" } > 
</xsl:sort> 

Attributes

S.No Name & Description
1.

select

Sorting key of the node.

2.

lang

Language alphabet used to determine sort order.

3.

data-type

Data type of the text.

4.

order

Sorting order. Default is "ascending".

5.

case-order

Sorting order of string by capitalization. Default is "upper-first".

Elements

Number of occurrences Unlimited
Parent elements xsl:apply-templates, xsl:for-each
Child elements None

Demo Example

This example creates a table of <student> element with its attribute rollno and its child <firstname>, <lastname>, <nickname>, and <marks> by iterating over each student sort them by first name.

students.xml

<?xml version = "1.0"?> 
<?xml-stylesheet type = "text/xsl" href = "students.xsl"?> 
<class> 
   <student rollno = "393"> 
      <firstname>Dinkar</firstname> 
      <lastname>Kad</lastname> 
      <nickname>Dinkar</nickname> 
      <marks>85</marks> 
   </student> 
   <student rollno = "493"> 
      <firstname>Vaneet</firstname> 
      <lastname>Gupta</lastname> 
      <nickname>Vinni</nickname> 
      <marks>95</marks> 
   </student> 
   <student rollno = "593"> 
      <firstname>Jasvir</firstname> 
      <lastname>Singh</lastname> 
      <nickname>Jazz</nickname> 
      <marks>90</marks>
   </student>
</class>

students.xsl

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?> 
<xsl:stylesheet version = "1.0" 
   xmlns:xsl = "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">    
   <xsl:template match = "/"> 
      <html> 
         <body> 
            <h2>Students</h2> 
            <table border = "1"> 
               <tr bgcolor = "#9acd32"> 
                  <th>Roll No</th> 
                  <th>First Name</th> 
                  <th>Last Name</th> 
                  <th>Nick Name</th> 
                  <th>Marks</th> 
               </tr> 
					
               <xsl:for-each select = "class/student"> 
					
                  <xsl:sort select = "firstname"/> 
                  <tr> 
                     <td><xsl:value-of select = "@rollno"/></td> 
                     <td><xsl:value-of select = "firstname"/></td> 
                     <td><xsl:value-of select = "lastname"/></td> 
                     <td><xsl:value-of select = "nickname"/></td> 
                     <td><xsl:value-of select = "marks"/></td> 
                  </tr> 
               </xsl:for-each> 
            </table>
         </body>
      </html>
   </xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

Output

Formatted Sort Output

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