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Master Geek

#148851 2-Jul-2014 22:29
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OK, thanks to advice on this thread, despite having no programming experience I have successfully managed to use XSLT to take XML data and display it as an HTML table.

As an example let's say I am using the following XML containg data on CDs. It's not my real data but gives an example.

What I want is for someone to be able to select a value for <artist> via a drop down on the webpage and then filter the XML which is displayed, based on that input. So if they selected 'The Clash' it would only show details for 'London Calling'.

How best can I achieve this? Can I use javasript to receive the input and then reload the page using the input to determine which XSL file is selected? Or can I use javascript to dynamically update the xsl file.

I guess I am after the simplest way to execute this given a) my massive lack of programming skills (I'm pretty much learning from scratch but enjoying it massively) and b) speed and elegance is not a pressing need - it's the function I need.

The other thing is that my number of values for <artist> will be fixed at 20.

Ziggy Stardust
The Clash
London Calling


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Master Geek

  #1081630 5-Jul-2014 21:35
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Apparently XSLT parameters is the answer...

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  #1090660 17-Jul-2014 13:23
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Personal preference would be to do most of the work in javascript and use the xslt just to format the data into something accessible by the javascript.  What is the source of your data?  Can you get it in JSON format instead of XML?
Really depends if you want to learn javascript and maybe some helper libraries, rather than learning xslt.

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